It's official. Former All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon is now a Patriot after the Browns dealt the long-troubled wideout for a fifth-round pick on Monday. Gordon must be active f0r ten games as a member of the Patriots for the pick to come to Cleveland.
With the trade official, New England released a wide receiver to make room for Gordon.
After the news came down, it sent Twitter into an absolute frenzy, mainly because fans of nearly every National Football League team were hoping the Patriots wouldn't land him.
Cleveland's preference had been to trade Gordon to an NFC team, a source told Schefter on Sunday.
Gordon, 27, missed three weeks of training camp this summer to undergo counseling and treatment, and he recently said he was in a good place mentally and physically.
Reports came down on Saturday night of the Browns' intention to release Gordon by Monday afternoon. So, who did the Patriots decide was expendable with the addition of Gordon? We'll see how it goes this week.
"I think it's obviously known that he's a freakish athlete", Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett said moments after the trade became official.
The Browns declared Gordon out for Week 2 because of a hamstring injury and left him in Cleveland before the team departed for New Orleans for Sunday's loss to the Saints.
Floyd ultimately provided insurance while making a minimal contribution - his signature moment coming in the regular-season finale with a crushing block to free receiver Julian Edelman on a 77-yard catch-and-run touchdown, which came after he had scored on a 14-yard reception earlier in the game. He was then suspended, again, for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. In Week 1, the receiver caught one pass for a 17-yard touchdown.
Gordon sat out the first 11 games previous year before returning for Cleveland's final five games.