That debate now has ended as the Browns traded Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots on Monday afternoon.
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
Browns receive a 2019 fifth-round pick for the 2013 Pro Bowl receiver. However, if Gordon is inactive for 10 games or more with the Patriots, the Browns would send a 2019 seventh-round pick in return.
Gordon was inactive in Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Saints due to an apparent hamstring injury. The team announced their intentions to release their potential superstar receiver on Saturday.
Browns to release WR Josh Gordon
He was key in the Week 1 as he forced the game into overtime in their showdown against a solid Pittsburgh Steelers team. However, the wideout has only played in 11 games since his Pro Bowl season in 2013 and has never really performed back at that level either.
Although Gordon got a few fresh starts with several regimes he ultimately was cut due to a lack of trust with new general manager John Dorsey. It was clear as day that the receiver was on thin ice with both the league and Cleveland, but even a simple tardiness and mysterious hamstring injury was crossing the final line.
It’s a disappointing end to a saga in which the Cleveland Browns displayed great patience and support to a troubled young man that had so much potential on the field.
They wanted him to get better.
They tried to help him get better.
And it appears they may have recently even helped him succeed in getting better.
But even a player of Gordon’s caliber is not beyond the rules of this Cleveland Browns football team. The fact many believe him being tardy should be no problem because of his talent is simply wrong.
If a player like Gordon, who is one strike away from being banned and has rarely been on the field in recent years, can bend rules like that what is that showing the rest of the team?
It’s not fair to the Myles Garrett’s, Christian Kirksey’s, Tyrod Taylor’s or the Jarvis Landry’s who have taken the extra responsibility to showcase leadership. It’s bad practice and it becomes a direct reflection of the locker room.
John Dorsey knows that and lived up to his word in changing the culture of the Cleveland Browns. No one player is above the team and he made it clear by trading Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots Monday afternoon.
In order to make room for Gordon, the Patriots cut former Browns receiver Corey Coleman. He has now been cut or traded by three teams in the last month.
The Cleveland Browns could, and should, be 2-0 after two weeks of football. However, they’re 0-1-1 and let two games against Super Bowl contenders slip through their grasp.
They host the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football at 8:20 PM EST to kick off Week 3. The Cleveland Browns are currently favored by three points – the first time they’ve been favorites since 2013.
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