While many NFL fans are up in arms about the fact that the New England Patriots acquired Josh Gordon via trade, there is a positive. The Cleveland Browns were originally set to release the wide receiver, which means he could have signed with the Patriots by choice. At least in this scenario, New England had to give up something in return.
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed, the Patriots will send a fifth-round pick to the Browns if Gordon is active for 10 games this season. If not, then it’ll be a seventh-rounder heading to Cleveland.
Gordon is understandably excited to be joining a Super Bowl contender and teaming up with one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, and he hasn’t shied away from showing it. After posting on Instagram shortly after the deal was done, Gordon then liked a photoshopped video of Brady throwing him a touchdown.
Josh Gordon’s Upside With Tom Brady
There’s an obvious reason to believe that Gordon could have a massive amount of success with the Patriots and specifically Brady. Obviously, the most common comparison for Gordon and Brady has been when the team acquired Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders and he had immediate success with the quarterback.
Moss tallied 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first season with the team. But realistically, we can’t compare the two receivers and their on-field success. Moss is a supreme talent while Gordon has some question marks still surrounding him. Even still, the upside is there and Patriots fans have plenty to be excited about when it comes to the addition of Gordon.
As far as what to expect this season from Gordon, that remains to be seen. For the time being, tempering expectations is a safe move, but that’s easier said than done.