According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots and Browns are "getting close" to a deal for the troubled wide receiver. If that is not the case, Schefter reports that the Patriots will get a 2019 seventh-round pick from Cleveland.
This was one that seemed nearly destined to happen once Cleveland loudly announced he would be available and that they would be releasing him this week.
Gordon arrived late to team facilities on Saturday, injured from a photo shoot. Since that 2013 Pro Bowl season, Gordon has missed two full seasons due to suspensions, and has played in just 11 total games.
Gordon was initially drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, and hauled in 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. The Browns made a decision to leave him behind when they traveled to New Orleans, and later said they meant to release him.
Gordon caught a game-tying 17-yard touchdown pass in the Browns' Week 1 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his lone catch of the game. ESPN reports the Browns also spoke with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and others about a deal and hoped to send Gordon to an NFC team before accepting the Patriots' offer. In order to make room for Gordon on the roster, the Patriots cut the recently signed Corey Coleman. Reinstated after two seasons away from football late last season, Gordon finished the 2017 season with 18 catches for 335 yards and a touchdown.