Via ESPN –
A day after the NFL’s Cleveland Browns announced they were parting ways with talented but troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon, the defending AFC champion New England Patriots traded for the star. In return, the Browns will get a fifth-round pick, while the Pats will get a seventh-round pick from the Browns if Gordon is not active for 10 games.
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.
Gordon’s immense talent has been overshadowed by substance abuse that has derailed a promising career. He has been suspended by the NFL for most of the past four seasons because of multiple drug violations, and has claimed a hamstring strain to start the current 2018 season.
Remember when the New York Yankees under George Steinbrenner used to just buy up all the big free agents every year? The Patriots are turning into the NFL equivalent. It will be interesting to see if Gordon is the missing piece that wins the Patriots yet another Super Bowl or if he spirals out of control a la Aaron Hernandez.