In just his second year in the league, wide receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns posted 87 catches for 1,646 yards and scored nine touchdowns, making him one of the most sought after dynasty assets of the past decade. What has transpired since has been a whirlwind of suspensions, substance abuse problems, drug counseling and very little production. In fact, since that amazing season in 2013, Gordon has a total of just 43 catches for 685 yards and two touchdowns. Still, hope springs eternal and after Gordon showed back up for the Browns this season un-suspended and apparently drug-free, many dynasty owners were salivating at the possibilities. After all, many dynasty enthusiasts have kept Gordon on their rosters for the better part of five years in hopes he could turn his life around and recapture the magic he once had.
In one of the strangest string of events we’ve seen in some time, Gordon returned to camp late for Cleveland after finishing rehabilitation, played in their opener and caught an important touchdown, then apparently hurt his hamstring at a media event, showed up late for practice and was acting erratically over the weekend. The Browns finally had enough and were ready to cut him until teams starting calling with trade interest. Instead of releasing Gordon, they decided today to send him to New England in exchange for a conditional fifth round draft pick instead. If Gordon is active for ten games in New England, the fifth-rounder will be the only pick traded. If Gordon is active for fewer than ten games, the Pats will get back a 2019 seventh round pick from the Browns. In short, they didn’t give up much.
Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at the dynasty ramifications for all players involved.
Josh Gordon, WR NE
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