Browns trading Gordon to Patriots

The Cleveland Browns trade Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots

Gordon's tantalizing talent had caused the Browns to hang onto him while he dealt with drug and alcohol dependence dating his teens. He'd been absent from the Browns since the beginning of training camp, reportedly to seek treatment for anxiety and mental health as he prepared to return from the latest of his series of suspensions under the NFL's substance abuse policy. Take out Higgins and Drango, who have played in all but three total games since being drafted, the remaining four have combined for 5 games and 0 starts.

The deal came together two days after the Browns reached a breaking point with Gordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the National Football League for drug violations since Cleveland drafted him in 2012.

The Browns announced on Saturday that they would release Gordon, and Bill Belichick loves to hand out second chances.

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

A source told Schefter Gordon is "healthy enough from his strained hamstring to play Sunday vs. the Lions".

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon stretches to make a catch during Wednesday's practice for this weekend's regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

However, Gordon has always been more of a freestyler, and he does not run crisp routes. He's since been plagued by off-the-field issues and suspensions. Additionally, Gordon was on the receiving end of five passes that went for gains of at least 20 yards and converted 12 first downs. He appeared in one game this season and recorded one catch for a 17-yard touchdown.

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