Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver will now be linking up with one of the best quarterbacks in the game, Tom Brady, at the New England Patriots. New England will receive Gordon from the Browns in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. The Patriots will pay Gordon the remaining $697,058 on his 2018 contract. Gordon will be a restricted free agent after the season, and New England can tender him.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, no less than 10 teams contacted the Browns in regards to trading for Gordon after the team announced on Saturday that they were intending to release him. In order to free up roster space, the Patriots have released wide receiver Corey Coleman.
“I think John got the best deal that he could get,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said Monday in a press conference to announce the trade. “He’s gone now, and we’re gonna move on and coach the team that’s here and get our team ready to play Thursday night.”
Gordon’s career has been afflicted by substance abuse as he has been suspended by the NFL for the better part of the last 4 seasons for multiple drug violations. He missed the first three weeks in the summer to undergo counseling and treatment and has recently said that he is feeling better mentally and physically.
“I hate to make projections and expectations,” Tom Brady said, “That’s not fair. I’ve never met Josh personally, just like I hadn’t met some of the guys that have come in the last couple of weeks. We’ll see how it goes this week. Hopefully, he can work hard and put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team.”
Gordon broke onto the scene in 2013 when he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards and scored 9 touchdowns.