Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been traded to the Patriots

49ers miss on Josh Gordon after Patriots trade with Browns

49ers miss on Josh Gordon after Patriots trade with Browns

As the trade rumors surrounding the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Josh Gordon continue to swirl, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the New England Patriots are close to being the destination.

Gordon also had interest in the Cowboys and 49ers.

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In exchange for Gordon, Cleveland will get a 5th round draft pick. He appeared in 41 career games and totaled 180 receptions for 3,106 yards with 16 touchdowns.

As for Gordon's hamstring - ESPN's Adam Schefter says he's healthy enough to play THIS SUNDAY if needed.

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The Browns announced Saturday evening they had informed Gordon and his representatives of their intentions to trade or release him.

Getty The Cleveland Browns have traded wide receiver Josh Gordon. The Patriots would receive a late-round draft pick back from Cleveland if Gordon is not available for a prescribed number of games, according to the person with knowledge of the deal.

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If Gordon lands in New England and can stay on the field - and that's a big "if" - he could be an instant threat for the Patriots. However, he's been in a downward spiral since and Gordon was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. He has faced several suspensions for violating the league's drug policy but is widely considered one of the most talented receivers in the game. Gordon's 2013 campaign was the stuff of legend, hauling in 87 catches for 1,646 yards (nine touchdowns), playing alongside a number of mediocre-at-best quarterbacks.

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