The Browns are looking to move on from Gordon, who was inactive for Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring injury. By 2016, he left the Browns to enter a rehabilitation facility. "Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and hopefully things work out for Josh".
The Browns are scheduled to finally part ways with Gordon after working with him for years, and the dubious circumstances surrounding his release have resulted in more questions than answers.
And now, after being traded to New England on Monday, he's being inserted into one of the most complex passing games in the NFL. I'm not going to project anything. He has recorded 127 receptions for 1,755 yards and 10 touchdowns.
That type of performance from Gordon would be very useful indeed to the Patriots, and the possibility of it, in addition to his physical profile and skill set, has inspired comparisons to when the team traded for Randy Moss ahead of the 2007 season.
A second-round pick of the Browns in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon turned 180 catches into 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.
But now, not only will the Eagles wide receiving corps have to look elsewhere to replace Wallace, but they will also have a front row seat to watch a potential Super Bowl foe get a whole lot better for not much compensation.
The New England Patriots are known to accept players with a checkered past and socialize them into the "Patriot way".
Gordon was suspended for two games in 2013 and played in just five the next season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. But if he becomes the home run threat we've seen in years past with Tom Brady at the helm (and based on past experience, he certainly will be), then this is another easy solution to a problem that would've manifested itself in the AFC postseason.
He's joining one of the most stable and successful organizations in pro sports, and Gordon has financial motivations to produce. "We have to do what we think is best for our organization".