The Browns announced Saturday that they would release Gordon on Monday. He missed training camp to receive treatment and the Browns were cautiously optimistic he would help them this season. But if Josh Gordon can stay eligible to play, he's going to be a monster by the end of this year.
The deal came together two days after the Browns reached a breaking point with Gordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the National Football League for drug violations since Cleveland drafted him in 2012.
If he doesn't work out, they get a pick back, which should not be much later than the one they gave up. But just days later, things turned toward separation between the Browns and Gordon, who thanked the organization via an Instagram post.
Browns finally reach end of rope, will cut Josh Gordon
Details are slowly starting to emerge surrounding the Cleveland Browns' shocking decision to move on from Josh Gordon . In the early going, it looks like a smart move for the Browns to announce Gordon's release is forthcoming.
To make room for Gordon, the Patriots cut recently signed wide receiver Corey Coleman, according to multiple reports. Gordon earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013 and was named first-team All-Pro after finishing with 87 receptions and an NFL-leading 1,646 yards with nine touchdowns.
However, Gordon has always been more of a freestyler, and he does not run crisp routes.
Despite his past issues, Gordon was welcomed back by the Browns late last season. When healthy, Gordon is one of the best in the game and could provide Tom Brady with a weapon he hasn't seen since Randy Moss. He caught 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns.