NFL Trade Rumors: Patriots finalizing deal for Josh Gordon from Browns


After trading Josh Gordon to New England, the Browns signed receiver Rod Streater Monday. The Patriots have always had receivers with a high football IQ, but Gordon doesn't fit that bill, so this is an interesting move.

According to, the Patriots and Browns are "getting close on a deal" that would send Gordon to New England.

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

After initially saying they would cut Gordon on Monday, the Browns chose to take advantage of the market and find a trade partner.

The Browns lost some of their leverage with Gordon after they announced Saturday the wide receiver would be released this week due to a loss of trust.

Josh Gordon could be a great asset for the Patriots | Source Ken Blaze-USA Today Sports
Josh Gordon could be a great asset for the Patriots | Source Ken Blaze-USA Today Sports

Gordon's strained hamstring is not serious and he's expected to play in Week 3 against the Lions. He missed training camp to receive treatment and the Browns were cautiously optimistic he would help them this season.

Then, Gordon returned to the team days prior to the preseason finale only to suffer a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice until the Wednesday before the regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Selected in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon has proven to be an exceptional talent - when he's on the field.

In 2013, Gordon racked up 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in a mere 14 games. He has faced several suspensions for violating the league's drug policy but is widely considered one of the most talented receivers in the game. He appeared in one game this season and recorded one catch for a 17-yard touchdown.

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