Browns trade Josh Gordon to Patriots for 5th-round pick

The Cleveland Browns traded Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots

The Cleveland Browns traded Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns on Monday, but Bill Belichick wasn't exactly shouting from the rooftops about it. Gordon played in Cleveland's season opener, but reported to the team on Saturday with a hamstring injury after practicing all week.

According to NFL.com, the Patriots and Browns are "getting close on a deal" that would send Gordon to New England. Done deal. IT's for a conditional 5th round pick.

The Browns announced their intentions to release Gordon after landing in New Orleans for Sunday's game against the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

If he doesn't work out, they get a pick back, which should not be much later than the one they gave up.

As a result, typing "six seasons with the Browns" in reference to Gordon isn't entirely accurate.

The Cleveland Browns have finally parted ways with wide receiver Josh Gordon.

That's important to keep in mind since Gordon said he hurt his hamstring during a photo shoot Friday, though he reportedly underwent an MRI and the results came back clean.

After initially saying they would release him, the Browns shifted to exploring trade options for Gordon. Since then, Gordon's career has been plagued by suspensions and concerns over drug use as he missed the entire 2015 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

In 2013, Gordon, a former second-round pick, had 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns, despite playing with quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden.

Seemingly in a better place, Gordon returned to the field in Week 1 and caught a game-tying touchdown in Cleveland's eventual tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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