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Bill Belichick Tight-Lipped About Patriots’ Acquisition Of Josh Gordon

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The Cleveland Browns trade Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots

It's also why a good amount of teams were interested in Gordon when news of his availability became public.

According to NFL.com, the Patriots and Browns are "getting close on a deal" that would send Gordon to New England.

The Patriots are sending a conditional fifth-round draft choice to the Browns for Gordon.

When told that both the Patriots and Browns released statements announcing the trade, Belichick said a little bit more goes into those deals beyond press releases coming out.

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

Schefter reports that Gordon's hamstring injury will not be enough to keep him out of action this Sunday, while Field Yates reports that recently-signed wideout Corey Coleman has been cut off the Patriots' 53-man roster to make room for Gordon. They will get a 2019 seventh-round pick back if he isn't active for 10 games. He'd been absent from the Browns since the beginning of training camp, reportedly to seek treatment for anxiety and mental health as he prepared to return from the latest of his series of suspensions under the NFL's substance abuse policy.

After initially saying they would release him, the Browns shifted to exploring trade options for Gordon. Still, his troubled past with suspensions and lingering injuries also likely made it hard to get much in return in the first place despite Gordon's extreme athleticism and ability when he's on the field. He missed two seasons with the team - 2015 and 2016 - due to his suspension.

In five games last season with the Browns, Gordon recorded 18 receptions for 335 yards and a touchdown.

Now, back to the football part of this story: Gordon has shown himself to be a rare talent, leading the NFL in receiving in 2013 with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite only appearing in 14 games.

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