Redskins, Cowboys, 49ers had interest in Josh Gordon

The Cleveland Browns trade Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots

Source David Richard Associated Press

The Eagles will have to shop elsewhere for wide receiver help, as Ian Rapoport is reporting that the New England Patriots are "closing in" on a deal to acquire the embattled star.

As a result, typing "six seasons with the Browns" in reference to Gordon isn't entirely accurate.

After initially saying they would cut Gordon on Monday, the Browns made a decision to take advantage of the market and find a trade partner. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Gordon injured his hamstring at a promotional shoot, and there's a belief that how the injury occurred is part of the reason why Cleveland finally cut ties with him. Cleveland will receive the 2019 fifth-round draft pick; the Patriots will receive Gordon and a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick.

New England is thin enough at wide receiver that they tried former Browns draft bust Corey Coleman recently.

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 tantalizing talent had caused the Browns to hang onto him while he dealt with drug and alcohol dependence.

The Browns got a glimpse of what a healthy and focused Gordon could do over the last five games of the 2017 season after his return from his latest NFL-mandated suspension, which lasted almost three full seasons. Availability has been Gordon's biggest issue, with the receiver missing all of 2015 and 2016 due to suspension and returning for the final five games of 2017.

This season Gordon has one catch, and it was the game-tying touchdown in the Browns' season-opening tie against the Steelers. A 2012 second-round pick, Gordon's best year undoubtedly came in 2013, when he set career-best marks across the board with 87 catches, 1,646 yards through the air, and nine touchdown grabs.

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