Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Patriots Officially Acquire Josh Gordon From Browns

Patriots Officially Acquire Josh Gordon From Browns

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots are sending the Browns a conditional 2019 fifth-round draft pick in exchange for Gordon.

The Patriots emerged as both the betting favorites and real-world favorites for the 6-foot-3 Gordon early Monday, and struck a deal after the Browns announced they were done with the ultra-talented wideout - be it by trade or release - on Saturday. He had a 17-yard touchdown catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 1 tie, but an injured hamstring kept him out of action in Week 2 as the Browns suffered a 21-18 loss in New Orleans.

The Browns have been supportive of Gordon, but the team felt betrayed and decided it was time to move on. "We wish Josh well".

Gordon has been suspended for a total of 56 games in his seven NFL seasons, 55 of which were league bans for positive drug and alcohol tests.

But that was in 2013, and Gordon has played in just 11 games since because of his off-field issues. Of 98 possible games (counting each game from Cleveland's 16-game regular-season slates from 2012-2017 and the first two contests of 2018), Gordon has appeared in just 41. Earlier in the day, the Browns announced Gordon was ruled out for the game because of a hamstring injury. He missed training camp to receive treatment and the Browns were cautiously optimistic he would help them this season.

The receiver has admitted in personal pieces published by various outlets that he's struggled with substance abuse since he was in middle school, and that he never played a game sober prior to his 2017 return. He caught 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns.

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