Off-field issues have sidelined Josh Gordon for the better part of the last five seasons. The Browns originally selected him in the supplemental draft back in 2012 and he exploded on the scene almost immediately. In his first 30 games with the Browns he hauled in 137 catches, over 2,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. The future seemed bright for Gordon but his demons came along with him from his days at Baylor.
His skill was great enough to keep him in the conversation among the NFL’s best receivers but drug and alcohol-related incidents along with a pair of stints in rehab limited him to only 12 games over the last five seasons. A recent incident with the Browns medical staff reportedly was the deciding factor for the team electing to move on from Gordon following a questionable appearance at the team facility before their week two game. Cleveland initially planned on releasing Gordon on Monday but they found a suitor for the former All-Pro pass catcher in the New England Patriots.
Following comes from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 17, 2018
Full compensation trade update: Patriots send Browns a 2019 fifth-round pick for WR Josh Gordon and get back a 2019 seventh-round pick if he is not active for 10 games, source tells ESPN. Trade was supposed to be for a 6th-round pick, but Patriots don't have a 6th.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2018
Source: in order to make room for Josh Gordon, the Patriots are cutting recently-signed WR Corey Coleman.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 17, 2018
We've traded WR Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots. pic.twitter.com/2eYO4A69jq
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 17, 2018