Browns trade Josh Gordon to Patriots for 5th-round pick

Arnold Nichols
September 18, 2018

Rather than outright releasing Gordon, the Browns are now trying to trade him to get something in return.

As Rapoport revealed, the deal is for a conditional fifth-round pick, which can mean a few different things.

When he's been healthy both physically and mentally, Gordon has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

As part of the condition, the 27-year-old Gordon reportedly must appear in at least 10 of New England's 14 remaining games. Gordon has been one of the best players, when fit, since he first joined the team and instead of trading him in the off season, the Browns waited until after one week of the regular season to move on from the wide receiver. He reportedly showed up late to the team's training facility Saturday and was suffering from a hamstring injury.

Gordon caught a game-tying 17-yard touchdown pass in the Browns' Week 1 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his lone catch of the game. The troubled star missed all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to suspensions and rehab for his substance abuse. Gordon, 27, has played in only 11 National Football League games since his breakthrough season as a second-year pro in 2013, when he had 87 catches for 1,646 yards in 14 games.

The Browns got a glimpse of what a healthy and focused Gordon could do over the last five games of the 2017 season after his return from his latest NFL-mandated suspension, which lasted almost three full seasons.

Gordon was initially drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, and hauled in 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.

"We've done all we can do for Josh", said coach Hue Jackson, who didn't provide any specifics about Gordon's issues over the weekend.

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