Report: Patriots, Browns close to deal on Josh Gordon trade

AP

The Browns and Patriots are reportedly on the verge of a deal that would send Josh Gordon to New England.

Although no deal is done, the sides are getting close to an agreement, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Browns announced on Saturday that they would release Gordon, but they’ve apparently thought better of it after hearing from other NFL teams that were interested in his services. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been willing to take chances on talented but troubled players before, and he’s apparently willing to do so again for Gordon.

If the Patriots make the trade, it would give Tom Brady his most talented receiver since Randy Moss, who was also acquired in a high-risk, high-reward trade. In Moss’s case, the reward ended up easily outweighing the risk.

When he’s been healthy both physically and mentally, Gordon has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. If the Patriots acquire him, and can keep him on the field, they’re adding a huge weapon to their offense.

120 responses to “Report: Patriots, Browns close to deal on Josh Gordon trade

  1. I really hope this works out…for Josh Gordon and the Patriots. He is such a talent. As a fan of the game, I want to see him realize his potential. Not going to find a better opportunity in New England…if this trade does happen.

  2. If this is the punishment for being a trouble maker (being traded to a Super Bowl Contender), I have a feeling many in Cleveland will start misbehaving. All of sudden many Browns players will enter rehab and have mental health issues. Heck, its Cleveland, who wouldn’t?

  3. Might as well. Even when Edelman returns they’d still have a below-average WR corps. If it smacks of desperation well….it should. If nothing else he’s s guy DC’s have to pay attention to. Head case and all.

  4. This is hilarious. The Pats have no misgivings about picking up anyone, regardless of history as long as they think it can help the team. #PatriotWay

  5. I’m glad he didn’t come to the 49ers. You do not want a player with substance abuse problems(allegedly) in the Bay Area.

    Much ratter have Dez Bryant.

  6. Cleveland are idiots. The dictator would not give Cleveland the time of day for Jimmy G trade now that the cheaters need a Wr they call. Cleveland should of hung up on him

  7. If any team can get him straightened out it’s the Patriots. Was kind of hoping my Cowboys would land him but unfortunatly this is probably a better place for him health wise.

  8. He’s played like 5 games in the last 5 years, and has serious mental issues. But I guess if you are desparate enough. Although IF any coach, anywhere, can straighten him out…

  9. Going to nickname Bellichik the Garbage Collector. Just collects other team’s garbage and usually turns it into gems. But, I think Gordon is on his way to another suspension. Maybe the favortism that Goodell treats the Pats with will save him but I am skeptical that anyone can save Josh Gordon. Too far gone.

  10. Gordon was in trouble in 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,and 2018.I have a feeling brady will be screaming at him “Do your job”>

  11. Do you think GB might do this?

    Never. Why take a chance and help Rodgers?

    Why go after Le’Veon Bell and help Rodgers?

    Do SOMETHING, Gutekunst, while No. 12 still has some of his prime left.

  12. Hell be on a one strike deal with Belichick. One mess up and hes done. However he if wants to play he landed in a good spot. They could have used him yesterday while their WR couldnt get open. Him and Edelman with Gronk and White/Hogan as complements. Sounds like a great deal, but that is just the upside. The downside is hes lazy or does something dumb and Belichick cuts him after he plays 1 game and has 1 catch for 14 yards.

  13. Have him he doesn’t seem to play much……..not every move the all mighty Pats make turns to gold. This could or it could be like the countless others they’ve made and he’ll be gone in a few weeks. Can’t show up to work drunk and high man.

  14. I said last week we would lose to Jax due to the lack of playmakers on offense. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Lets hope Josh can keep it together. Go pats!

  15. Flash1287 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:07 pm
    Watch the crybabies will say he sucks

    Nobody will say he sucks because of talent. He has the tools to be one of the greatest wide receivers in our time but so far he has been nothing but a disappointment. He is that toy you wanted all year long for Christmas but instead you got clothes. Huge disappointment but I think we all wish him the best.

  16. superfanentertainment says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    Nice to know Bill doesn’t care what kind of disease walks into his locker room. All about winning.

    You stay classy, New England


    What has he done besides pot

  17. If the Patriots had done any better yesterday, this deal does not get made. Now with Gordon drawing the other team’s top CB, Gronk or Edelman (oncd he returns) is free.

  18. I think he is talented, but can you trust him? I don’t know if I would give up a draft pick for a player that can’t be counted on, at least, he hasn’t proven he can. I hope he is able to get everything together, so that after football, he doesn’t spiral out of control.

  19. MOSSistheGOAT says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    TB12 getting ring number 6

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    Only if B.B. miraculously drafts a LB who can cover and a DE who can actually pressure the opposition QB

  20. Moss was a head case with a big ego.
    Josh G. has a specific disease that he has no control over.
    Very big difference.
    We’ll be seeing Tom B. and Bill B. at Al-Anon meetings by end of season.
    Brown’s have learned to “detach with love” and a draft pick or two….

  21. The difficulty lies in learning the playbook, getting acclimated without being a participant training camp.

    Short term: Receiver corps tourniquet
    Long term. Talk to you in December.

  22. DUUUUUDE!!!

    This could be huge. In fact, this would be the ultimate boom or bust. He absolutely won’t be mediocre or average. He’ll either become the next Randy Moss in NE circa 2007 or he’ll flame out and get cut within two weeks.

    The guy has insane natural talent. If there’s one guy who can get that talent on the field consistently, it’s Belichick.

  23. The “ Patriot way” …what is that anyway a synonym for “ we’ll take any slimeball but we don’t want to be included with the cowboys, raiders, bengals etc etc ?

  24. I heard this story before only it was about a 17yr old having his grandparents take away his keys to the Toyota Tercel, then instead handing over the keys to a brand new Benz AMG on prom night.

    Or was it the story about the three year old that threw a tantrum & grandma handed him a cookie while mommy went to the store for Tylenol? Oh, “he’s fine now.”…

    I say trade him to a loser for less based on principal. I am a parent. I am a Browns fan. Take less, send him to play with the Tercel, not the Mercedes in NE.

    Rewarding this behavior with him now does more harm than it’ll ever to good in the Cleveland locker room or draft room.

  25. There is also rumor the Eagles are close to doing a trades so all of these things should be taken with a grain of salt until something gets confirmed as having been actually completed.

  26. A guy has to fail SIX tests to be suspended one game. This clown has probably failed 30 and he was gonzo at practice saturday. Yeah Belicheat will straighten him right out.

  27. Flash1287 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    superfanentertainment says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    Nice to know Bill doesn’t care what kind of disease walks into his locker room. All about winning.

    You stay classy, New England


    What has he done besides pot

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    I know we have all been saying pot is no big deal. But if he gets signed to the Patriots we will need to change our song on that.

  28. .
    The Patriots home in Foxboro is in the middle of nowhere. They have a hotel on premises. They have the kind of disciplined approach that might be effective in helping Gordon get clean. Let’s hope that it works out for all parties.
    .

  29. ” They will have to cage him at the facility overnight though, during non working hours.”

    They’ll do what they did with Michael Floyd. He’ll be put up at the hotel in Patriot Place. The hotel and bars/restaurants will all have his photo and be instructed not to serve him alcohol. He will have no access to weed. He will be a 3 minute walk from the stadium. All he will have to do is practice and study the playbook.

    If it works out a huge score. If it doesn’t he’ll be dumped without a 2nd thought for a relatively minor cost.

  30. I BEEN calling it -check my comments on previous Gordon posts.
    I guess if ur the Browns and you cant stick it to the rival Steelers on the field, the next best option is to stick it to the Steelers by making the Pats stronger.

  31. paul82461 says:

    September 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    What happened to Cordelle…thought he was gonna be a “huge weapon”

    Didn’t you hear? He’s a certified gem. Just like Corey Coleman, Kony Ealy, Barkevious Mingo, Brandin Cooks and every other player that has ever made direct eye contact with Bill Belicheck.
    Long may the tired narrative continue…

  32. The Truth says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    The “ Patriot way” …what is that anyway a synonym for “ we’ll take any slimeball but we don’t want to be included with the cowboys, raiders, bengals etc etc ?

    A slimeball? The guy has mental health issues and smokes a little bud. Hardly makes him a slimeball. My god people are ignorant.

  33. I’m not believing anything Rapaport “reports” ever again. This may end up being true, but I would put the odds at 50/50. He just throws “inside info” at the wall and hopes it sticks. He’s a horrible excuse for a journalist.

  34. wallabear says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:36 pm
    Classic Belicheat: thinks he can turn anyone into a highly-productive player lol

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    Let’s rephrase:

    Classic BB, looking under every rock to help the team, with a mostly positive, proven track record, to the anger and jealousy of the rest of the league.

    Case in point right here.

  35. The Truth said:
    The “ Patriot way” …what is that anyway a synonym for “ we’ll take any slimeball but we don’t want to be included with the cowboys, raiders, bengals etc etc ?
    ———–

    No, you know what the Patriot way is. Do your job. Be accountable. Keep quiet. Football first. No excuses. Be a man. Be on time. Don’t let us down. Our way or the highway.

    If anybody can get this guy’s career back on track, it’s the Patriots. And if he screws up once? Goodbye. It may be the tough love he needs. Or maybe his demons will win out. We’ll see.

  36. Pats fan here..

    I wish all the haters would just chill out.

    Let it take its course and see what happens.

    Wait… Pot is legal now in Massachusetts..

    Oh oh..

  37. Didn’t you hear? He’s a certified gem. Just like Corey Coleman, Kony Ealy, Barkevious Mingo, Brandin Cooks and every other player that has ever made direct eye contact with Bill Belicheck.
    Long may the tired narrative continue

    Funny
    Why did you leave all the good players that worked out off you list.

    Talk about a false narrative

  38. The Truth says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    A guy has to fail SIX tests to be suspended one game. This clown has probably failed 30 and he was gonzo at practice saturday. Yeah Belicheat will straighten him right out.

    Why do you CARE so much??

    If they get him it cost 700 thousand
    If it doesn’t work out then they cut him.

    What’s the big deal??

  39. Cleveland Clowns. Trading him in the Conference is a move that says we will NEVER be relevant or competitive or a contender.

  40. As an Eagles fan , I am envious of then Patsnif they get a player this talented . But it sounds to me like a change of environment is not really a cure for the demons Flash is dealing with .

  41. He has been humbled just a bit, but really his pride just took a hit. He will in fact stay focused to “prove” others wrong. The psychology of this is brilliant. Pats get a great talent for cheap – and in return – they give a loser an opportunity to show that “it’s not me, it’s them” (which is what they truly believe). If Rams are really all in for this year, they should trade for him. He might like being around all those alpha’s. But seriously, teams like Jags and others should offer something better to prevent this.

  42. The first time he’s tardy to practice or says he’s got personal issues B.B. will send his butt packing. No big deal!

  43. isitheshoes says:
    September 17, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    If he can stay on field and out of trouble: Brady & Moss 2.0

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    If it leads to another Super Bowl loss, i’m all for it!

  44. Ofcourse the Pats are trying to get Gordon … They got Dominated by the Jags yesterday and got Dominated last year as well if it weren’t for the refs helping out. Of course they are trying to get major help , they know that the Jags can punish them if they meet in the Playoffs again. That’s rite Pats, be scared of the Jags D because we ain’t going nowhere and we are gonna be waiting ! Book it Baby !

    #SaxsonvilleAllDayLong

  45. Hope the Patriots have a 24 hour a day babysitter, or this will be a disaster. I guess after yesterday they need help. Not sure how he stays clean just because he’s going to New England.He’s been in Rehab so many times, this could be a disaster.

  46. Gordon will get his life in order, put up a huge season for the Pats*, light it up in the playoffs, and be inexplicably bench in the Super Bowl, which the Patriots* will lose in large part to no receivers getting open for Brady*, and Belichick* will spend months getting mad at reporters for asking him why he benched his best offensive playmaker.

  47. yodaddycrapper says:
    September 17, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    Ofcourse the Pats are trying to get Gordon … They got Dominated by the Jags yesterday and got Dominated last year as well if it weren’t for the refs helping out. Of course they are trying to get major help , they know that the Jags can punish them if they meet in the Playoffs again. That’s rite Pats, be scared of the Jags D because we ain’t going nowhere and we are gonna be waiting ! Book it Baby !

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    Jax 2-11 vs the Pats all time…… I think they need around 9 more wins before anyone will be “scared”

  48. edelman isnt trash, but Gordon is a far superior talent…but, since 2013, compare the number of games Gordon has played with the number of games Edelman has played…who would you rather have on your team?

  49. Randy Moss did not have this kind of issue though. Lots of risk here, with lots of upside, however unlikely. Hopefully all compensation is conditional.

  50. Coleman and Gordon, and don’t forget Shelton….or that Jabal Sheard came to New England from Cleveland. They had some good players there and Bill seems to like tapping that well. They just had QB issues and perhaps some coaching issues.

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