Report: Patriots agree to deal for Josh Gordon

49ers had been interested receiver who will cost Pats a 5th-round pick

Matthew Ashlock
September 17, 2018 - 1:31 pm

Josh Gordon will not be in a 49ers uniform anytime soon.

The New England Patriots have agreed to a deal for Gordon, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. New England will send Cleveland a conditional fifth-round pick.

ESPN's Adam Schefter offered up more details on the compensation:

The Cleveland Browns had announced on Saturday their plans to release the receiver. Gordon has played in only 11 games in the past 5 seasons due to numerous failed drug tests, suspensions, and rehab stints. 

Soon after the news of his impending release, it was reported that the Browns would try to trade Gordon before Monday. According to Gordon himself, his two desired destinations were either San Francisco or Dallas.

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With a weak receiving corps, Gordon would have been a perfect fit in the red and gold. 49ers general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday that he had indeed done his due diligence and contacted Cleveland regarding a trade for Gordon. 

On Monday morning, Jerry Rice joined Joe, Lo & Dibs advised that the 49ers “stay away” from Josh Gordon.

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