The Cleveland Browns have finally parted ways with wide receiver Josh Gordon. Rapoport reported Monday evening an MRI on Gordon's hamstring "came out fine", which means Gordon could be active for the Patriots against the Detroit Lions in Week 3. Gordon earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013 and was named first-team All-Pro after finishing with 87 receptions and an NFL-leading 1,646 yards with nine touchdowns.
Acquiring Gordon is a dice roll considering his myriad of issues, but at the price of a fifth-round pick, it could be worth it for New England.
The trade ends what has been a troubled time in Cleveland for Gordon, a second-round supplemental draft pick of the Browns in 2012. A recent report from The Athletic, which emerged Monday night, explains why the Browns finally chose to move on from Gordon.
However, Gordon has always been more of a freestyler, and he does not run crisp routes. But a former teammate in Cleveland had nothing but good things to say about Gordon, and believes that a change in scenery is exactly what he needs to capitalize on his vast talent. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has played in 41 National Football League games with 38 starts and totaled 180 receptions for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, due to Gordon's issues, he's only played in a total of 11 regular season games since. So it's not like Gordon will be trusted right away when he's healthy. He caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the Browns' Week 1 tie against the Steelers.
But, per usual, the circumstances in The Land have only led to another elite talent being gift-wrapped New England's way.