Browns trade Josh Gordon to Patriots

Report: Patriots closing in on deal for WR Gordon

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

If Gordon lands in New England and can stay on the field - and that's a big "if" - he could be an instant threat for the Patriots.

After initially saying they would release him, the Browns shifted to exploring trade options for Gordon.

The Patriots are sending a conditional fifth-round draft choice to the Browns for Gordon. On the surface, there's a chance it may involve the snaps or number of games Gordon plays with the Patriots, but that remains to be seen.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that if Gordon isn't on the Patriots' active roster for 10 games, the Patriots will also receive a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Browns. Gordon had not been on the injury report all week.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon sprints up the field after catching a pass during Wednesday's practice for this weekend's regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

That's why the possibility of Gordon getting to play with an elite quarterback such as Tom Brady is extremely intriguing. Gordon earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013 and was named first-team All-Pro after finishing with 87 receptions and an NFL-leading 1,646 yards with nine touchdowns.

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A second-round pick of the Browns in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon turned 180 catches into 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Gordon, 27, missed three weeks of training camp this summer to undergo counseling and treatment, and he recently said he was in a good place mentally and physically. He has been suspended multiple times for violating the league's substance abuse policy, missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning a year ago.

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