By 2016, he left the Browns to enter a rehabilitation facility. He's perhaps one of the game's five most gifted receivers, when he's right, a downfield playmaking terror with a career catch average of 17.3 yards.
When news broke earlier this afternoon that the Philadelphia Eagles were even-money favorites to steal Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns the sense of relief and cautious optimism was nearly palpable across the 215. If he is locked in, New England just picked up a risky new weapon for Tom Brady. In 2013, he led the National Football League with 1,646 yards to go with nine touchdowns as he earned a spot on the All-Pro roster.
"We've done all we can do for Josh", said coach Hue Jackson, who didn't provide any specifics about Gordon's issues over the weekend. Gordon played in Cleveland's season opener, but reported to the team on Saturday with a hamstring injury after practicing all week. "Obviously you know he's a freakish athlete. So we'll see how it goes this week and hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team". "So I guess I'll leave it at that for now".
The NFL trek for Gordon was never easy and had more valleys than peaks.
When the Browns announced their plans, several teams contacted the organization in hopes of trading for the troubled, yet talented, target. The group, through two games, has lacked some punch. That's why this move might be surprising to some, as Bill Belichick's tight ship has thrown overboard countless players who don't fall in line with the "Patriot Way".
As the Patriots have filtered a variety of wide receivers in and out of Foxborough this season, Brady has been open about the process of developing trust with his receiving corps. The best-case scenario is that Gordon gets his act together and forms a productive combination with Rob Gronkowski and Edelman.