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Patriots complete trade with Browns for WR Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
September 17, 2018 - 4:34 pm

In a bit of a stunner, the Patriots have traded for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots will send the Browns a 2019 fifth-round pick and get back a 2019 seventh-round pick if he is not active for 10 games. The deal was supposed to be for a sixth-round pick, but the Patriots don't have a sixth-rounder.

ESPN's Field Yates adds Corey Coleman has been cut to make room for Gordon.

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The wide out recorded 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013, but has been suspended 56 out of a possible 97 games since entering the league in 2012.

Over the weekend, Gordon reportedly arrived late to the Browns facility and was "not himself," complaining about a hamstring injury suffered during a commercial shoot. That was the last straw for the Browns, who were going to release him until they got trade offers.

Gordon is an extreme talent on the field, but off it has battled numerous issues off it, including mental illness and substance abuse.

Schefter adds Gordon is healthy enough to play Sunday against the Lions.

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