After rocking the NFL world when they decided to cut Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns have decided that letting him go for nothing is not the wise business decision and have opted to trade him to the New England Patriots for a 2019 fifth round pick.
Trade now agreed to: Patriots are sending Cleveland a 5th-round pick and if Gordon isn't active for 10 games, Patriots get back a late-round pick from Browns, sources tell ESPN.
As @rapsheet reported, Patriots were closing in on trade for Gordon.
Trade now official.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2018
The pick in return to New England will be a 2019 seventh round pick if he fails to appear in at least 10 games this season for the Pats. They will also pay the remaining $697,058 left of his contract before becoming a restricted free agent next season.
Considering Tom Brady’s weapons on offense this season, it immediately boosts their WR core as a contender in the AFC, as they have had a rotating cast of receivers to lineup for Tom to throw to. As a result, Corey Coleman will be waived to make room for Gordon.
Several teams contacted the Browns when news broke of him being released, up to 10 according to sources. Like always, the Patriots were the ones who won the sweepstakes.
Although he was said to have a hamstring injury, he is healthy enough to play for the Pats this Sunday as they take on the Detroit Lions.
Watch him go off for 150 yards thanks to Brady, though.