Cleveland Browns trade Josh Gordon to New England Patriots

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during OTAs on May 30 in Berea Ohio

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during OTAs on May 30 in Berea Ohio

The decision to trade Josh Gordon now seems a unusual one by the Browns. However, San Francisco's 2019 fifth-round pick went to Detroit in the Laken Tomlinson deal prior to last season. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday the trade was initially supposed to be for a sixth-round pick, but the Patriots do not have a sixth-round pick in next year's draft. The Eagles can use all the wide receiver help they can get, and it'll be low risk because of Gordon's favorable contract.

Gordon spent most of training camp away from the team while tending to personal matters. Gordon was on the field for 69 snaps (78 percent of the Browns' plays), but had only three passes thrown his way.

He logged a lone catch for 17 yards and a score in Week 1 against the Steelers before sitting out Sunday's loss to the Saints with a hamstring injury. Like Gordon, he's done very little since: 28 receptions, 283 yards, 3 TDs with Oakland and San Francisco.

Talent has never been a question with this 2013 First-team All-Pro, but Gordon, 27, comes with heavy baggage, which is why his time with the Browns is over.

His former Cleveland teammate Corey Coleman - who had his own issues with the Browns before being traded last month to Buffalo, cut and then signing with the Patriots - was released by New England to make room for Gordon.

Gordon was reinstated in 2017, but didn't come back until Week 13. He's since found the end zone just twice in the ensuing five seasons. Coleman has played in 19 National Football League games with 18 starts and has 56 receptions for 718 yards and five touchdowns.

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