In a trade on Monday, the New England Patriots acquired Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns for a 2019 fifth-round pick according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. If Gordon isn’t active for 10 games, the Patriots will receive a 2019 seventh-round pick back from the Browns as compensation.
This trade comes on the heels of Gordon reportedly getting injured at a promotional shoot after practice on Friday. On Saturday it was reported that Gordon showed up to the team facility late and possibly high.
Cleveland stuck with Gordon through multiple suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The star receiver has played in just 11 games since the end of the 2013 season.
Schefter also reported that the Browns also spoke with the Cowboys, Redskins, 49ers and others, but that New England was able to close the deal.
The Patriots will cut newly-acquired receiver Corey Coleman to make room for Gordon according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
With the departures of Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola, as well as the suspension of Julian Edelman, the Patriots have needed help at wide receiver and addressed it with the trade.
The 27-year-old has 180 catches for 3,106 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns through 41 career games.