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Josh Gordon’s tenure in Cleveland ends with trade to Patriots

The Cleveland Browns have traded talented but troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots.

In return, the Browns will get a 2019 fifth-round pick, while the Pats will get a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Browns if Gordon is not active for 10 games, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

At least eight to 10 teams called the Browns inquiring about potentially trading for Gordon, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson reporting, after the Browns announced Saturday that they intended to release Gordon on Monday.

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.1

To make room for Gordon on the roster, the Patriots released wide receiver Corey Coleman. The Patriots have now made 28 transactions involving a wide receiver since the start of the new league year in March, tied with the Denver Broncos for the most in the NFL in that span.

Cleveland’s preference had been to trade Gordon to an NFC team, a source told Schefter on Sunday.

“I think (general manager) John (Dorsey) got the best deal that he could get,” Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Monday in announcing the trade. “(Gordon’s) gone now, and we’re gonna move on and coach the team that’s here and get our team ready to play Thursday night.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china

The Browns on Saturday provided no details behind their decision to part ways with Gordon, but a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Saturday that Gordon broke the team’s “trust” when he reported to the facility Saturday with a hamstring issue after being a full participant in practice all week. The source said there were other “mitigating factors” inclusive of current and past incidents.