Patriots Acquire Wide Receiver Josh Gordon From Cleveland

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

 

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Patriots trade for wide receiver Josh Gordon PHOTO: Cleveland Browns

The New England Patriots have acquired troubled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for a conditional 5th round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“If Gordon isn’t active for ten games, Patriots get back a late-round pick from Browns,” Schefter said in a tweet.

Prior to the trade with New England, the Browns were planning to release Gordon on Monday.

Gordon’s Troubles

Gordon has been suspended by the NFL for the majority of the past four seasons due to multiple drug violations.

He was suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons, and sat out the first 11 games of the 2017 season before coming back to Cleveland for the final five games.

In those games, he caught 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown.

He then missed the first three weeks of this past summer’s training camp to undergo counseling and treatment.

After playing 69 snaps in Cleveland’s week one game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he reported to the team’s facility on Saturday complaining of a hamstring injury.

The Browns said they were going to release him.

Gordon on the Field

Gordon was drafted by the Browns in 2012.

In 2013, he led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

In his career, he has played 41 games and hauled in 180 catches for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Patriots Wide Receiver Depth

Following the addition of Gordon, the Patriots cut wide receiver Corey Coleman, who they signed last week.

The Patriots wide receiver position now consists of Julian Edelman, after he returns from suspension, Chris Hogan, Josh Gordon, Cordarrelle Patterson, Philip Dorsett, and Bennie Fowler.

 

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Charlie and Romeo Factor —The last time the offensive and defensive coordinators left the same year after a Super Bowl — the 2004 Super Bowl — it took the Patriots three more years to get back to the Super Bowl. The big difference now is Tom Brady is 40 years old.

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Gisele Caroline Bündchen — According to press reports, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen tried to convince her husband to retire from football during this past offseason.  After watching Gronk’s concussion in the AFC Championship and then Brandin Cook’s head injury in the Super Bowl, the pressure on Brady will only increase.

According to Sports Illustrated, Bündchen did it by trying to get Brady’s college teammate and friend Jay Feely to help her during a vacation this past spring.

Feely, a retired NFL kicker, told Sports Illustrated, “She was trying to get me to convince Tom to stop playing. She was dead serious.”

Feely says that he told Brady to "play as long as you can."

This news comes after Bündchen said in a May interview with CBS that Brady had suffered unreported concussions.

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Dante Scarnecchia — The Patriots offensive line coach will be 70 years old on February 14. He retired once and was lured back by Bill Belichick. The two-years he was away, the Patriots offensive line was a mess and Brady took a beating. If he goes, Brady’s thought process on retiring may be impacted.

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Emily Kelly — A New York Times opinion piece this past week titled, “I’m the Wife of a Former N.F.L. Player. Football Destroyed His Mind. He chose the sport, but he did not choose brain damage,” is a big impact story.

The piece was written by Emily Kelly. She wrote, “My husband, Rob Kelly, is a retired N.F.L. player. After five seasons as a safety beginning in the late 1990s, four with the New Orleans Saints and one with the New England Patriots, he sustained an injury to a nerve between his neck and shoulder during training camp that ended his career. By the time he retired in 2002 at 28, he had been playing tackle football for about two decades. Rob had no idea, however, that all those years of playing would have such serious consequences.

Kelly’s continued, “He went from being a devoted and loving father and husband to someone who felt like a ghost in our home. For a couple of months one winter he was so depressed and detached, he couldn’t muster up the energy to speak. My questions went unanswered until I simply stopped asking them. The silence was unnerving.”

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Ever More Fragile Relationship Between Brady and Media — Call it the “WEEI pissant factor.” Despite Brady appearing on WEEI for years via a paid agreement, a WEEI host decided to call Tom Brady’s daughter an unflattering name. Brady was less than pleased.

For Brady, this year’s media relationship transformed from a decade-and-a-half love affair to a strained one.

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BONUS

Gronk's Future

Rob Gronkowski may retire. "I don't know how you heard that, but I mean I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure," Gronkowski said. "I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."

It is harder to sleep soundly when you don't have your security blanket.

 
 

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