NFL Rumors: Could Cleveland Browns Trade Josh Gordon To New England Patriots?

Following the trade that sent Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts, we realized that nobody is untouchable when it comes to the 2013 Dawg Pound. While the team may say that Joe Thomas and countless others are safe, we did find out that the Browns are planning major offseason overhauls that will likely include selecting a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. But that will not occur until after the 2013 NFL season. For the time being, the Browns are going to evaluate their current roster and deal players who they do not envision will play a part in their future. After the shockwaves that took place following the dealing of Richardson, rumors are now surfacing that the Browns could trade Josh Gordon, and it is already being speculated that the New England Patriots could be one of a handful of suitors.

The Patriots are extremely thin at the wide receiver position. Yes, the Pats are 3-0 and tied atop the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins, but injuries have taken their toll in New England, especially on offense. Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski remain sidelined, while Shane Vereen will miss the next two months. Reports out of Foxboro have Tom Brady reaching out to Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd, but Branch is past his prime while Lloyd is making bad zombie movies. Neither is likely to sign, and neither would really make much of an impact.

That means that the Patriots can continue to roll with rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson along side Julian Edelman while they anxiously await the return of the injury prone Amendola and Gronkowski, or they can go out and make a splash through a trade or free agent signing.

And since Branch and Lloyd are unlikely options, and there is even less of a chance of the Patriots bringing back Randy Moss or Chad Johnson or signing Terrell Owens, trading for Gordon would be a wise move.



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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.