Almost a decade ago, the Patriots landed "troubled" wide receiver Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a fourth round draft pick. The Patriots treat draft picks like gold, so parting with the fourth rounder in exchange for a player who often clashed with coaches and teammates was a legit risk.
Now in 2016, the Pats are still in need of an "X" receiver and there is a "troubled" outside threat available. Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon can be had - for the right price - and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this week that "multiple teams" have reached out to the Browns to "inquire about the availability" of the 25-year-old malcontent.
Gordon will be suspended the first four games of the 2016 season after he failed a drug test in March.
"I'm blessed and grateful to be granted this opportunity," Gordon tweeted upon his re-instatement to the league after violations of the league's substance abuse policy. "I can't wait to get back out there and play the game I love in front of the great fans of Cleveland."
Gordon was arguably the top receiver in the NFL just three years ago as he caught 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013, but he has not played in a game since Dec. 21, 2014.
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Gordon has been mentioned in trade rumors for years now, and it would make sense for a Browns franchise that is looking to start with a clean slate under new head coach Hue Jackson to get all perceived "poison" out of its locker room. But reports out of Cleveland make it seem as if Gordon is finally on the right track as he has developed a rapport with his friend and new Browns QB Robert Griffin III.
"[Gordon] still looks the exact same and it's just crazy,'' cornerback Joe Haden told Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. "He looks a little bigger. I don't know how that happened, but he's still out there running around, looking the same, running his routes, floating. It still looks effortless.''
According to Cabot, the Browns turned down a second round pick and a player from the 49ers in 2013 in a proposed trade for Gordon. The Browns have different management and plenty of bad has transpired surrounding Gordon since that time, but that gives you an idea of what it would take to land Gordon in a deal.