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Patriots acquire Josh Gordon from the Browns for conditional fifth-round pick

Josh Gordon
Jul 31, 2016; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon signs autographs for fans following practice at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, OH. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gordon is now officially a former member of the Cleveland Browns. After six up-and-down seasons with the team, Cleveland has traded the 27-year-old Gordon to the New England Patriots for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes, New England will get a late-round pick back from Cleveland if Gordon is not active for 10 games this season.

It’s somewhat of a shocking move from Cleveland’s standpoint. If that’s all they could get for Gordon, why not release him altogether or move the troubled young receiver to an NFC team?

True to their nature, the Browns will certainly get a lot of push back for receiving such a light return for Gordon. Though, the team did announce this weekend that it was going to release him on Monday. Obviously, there wasn’t a strong market for Gordon’s services.

Since jumping on to the scene with a league-leading 1,646 receiving yards back in 2013, Gordon has missed 53 games to suspension. He comes with a major risk, one the Patriots were willing to take.

It will be interesting to see how the Tom Brady to Josh Gordon connection works out this season. The former second-round pick is slated to become a restricted free agent following the 2018 campaign.