The Pats continued with this line of thinking after landing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns on Monday, September 17. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gordon's release was not in response to a substance abuse violation or failed drug test - something that has plagued the talented receiver throughout his six-year tenure in Cleveland.
Josh Gordon's odd, stuttering career will start anew in New England. However, San Francisco's 2019 fifth-round pick went to Detroit in the Laken Tomlinson deal prior to last season.
According to ESPN insider Field Yates, the Patriots are parting ways with the former first-round pick just a week after signing him. They will get a 2019 seventh-round pick back if he isn't active for 10 games. Gordon was taken in the supplemental draft in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, showing off some promise as a rookie wideout.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon is headed to the Patriots.
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Then, Gordon returned to the team days prior to the preseason finale only to suffer a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice until the Wednesday before the regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a statement released prior to training camp, Gordon revealed he was "doing great" both physically and mentally, and "excited to start the season".
The Browns have been supportive of Gordon, but the team felt betrayed and decided it was time to move on. Streater caught 99 passes for 1,472 yards and 7 TDs over those two years, with the majority coming in '13 with ex-Browns WR Terrelle Pryor as his quarterback. It's also why a good amount of teams were interested in Gordon when news of his availability became public.
The final "nail in the coffin" came last week when Gordon injured himself during a photo shoot and it prompted the Browns to move on from him. In addition that season, he became the first National Football League player to ever record back-to-back games with 200 receiving yards.
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