Browns sign Rod Streater to take Josh Gordon’s roster spot

The Cleveland Browns trade Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots

Source David Richard Associated Press

The Pats continued with this line of thinking after landing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns on Monday, September 17.

Still, the move can be labeled as a low risk for the Patriots, especially considering what they sent back to the Browns. Gordon must be active f0r ten games as a member of the Patriots for the pick to come to Cleveland.

Josh Gordon could be a great asset for the Patriots | Source Ken Blaze-USA Today Sports
Josh Gordon could be a great asset for the Patriots | Source Ken Blaze-USA Today Sports

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon stretches to make a catch during Wednesday's practice for this weekend's regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The Eagles can use all the wide receiver help they can get, and it'll be low risk because of Gordon's favorable contract.

The 27-year old was reinstated last year after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons because of suspensions related to violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. That injury, along with the fact that Gordon reportedly showed up late to the team's facility on Saturday, ended up being his final two strikes with the Browns.

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While a home run hitter like Gordon or Jackson is prone to down games depending on a variety of factors, including how well they're defended, the effectiveness of the run game, weather, etc., they are are the types of players who add value just by being on the field. The Browns chose to leave him behind when they traveled to New Orleans, and later said they meant to release him. He's also a restricted free agent next season, which could give the 49ers the opportunity to pursue him with their ample salary cap space if he performs well in New England.

Despite his past issues, Gordon was welcomed back by the Browns late last season. If he can return to form as a No. 1 receiver, Gordon will give Tom Brady another legitimate threat in the passing game, which he now lacks with Julian Edelman suspended for the next two weeks and Brandin Cooks catching passes in Los Angeles. He played in five games, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots have always had receivers with a high football IQ, but Gordon doesn't fit that bill, so this is an interesting move.

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