Speculative Trade Options For Browns WR Josh Gordon


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Cleveland Browns are fielding in trade offers for both WRs Josh Gordon and Greg Little.

“At least one team has made a quality offer for Gordon,” Schefter said. “Another is waiting on Little. And the Browns are all ears. Cleveland will not make any trades unless the offers for Gordon and Little improve, but it shows the team is willing to deal again.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise in the wake of Cleveland shipping former No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson to Colts for a 2014 first-round pick.

Gordon returned from a two-game suspension in Week 3 and had a huge performance. He caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown and displayed the ability to get behind the defense and stretch the field vertically, so there’s no question he has value.

Gordon’s pro day was attended by a whole list of teams including: the 49ers, Bears, Bills, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles, Patriots, Raiders, Redskins, Saints, Seahawks, Texans and Vikings.

Of those teams, the 49ers, Eagles, Patriots and Raiders stand out as teams that have a need at receiver and the resources to possibly pull a trade for Gordon. You could probably add the Chargers to this list as well based on the fact that they’ve suffered a number of injuries at wide receiver.


Since their huge passing performance in Week 1, the 49ers have dropped back-t0-back to games and are really struggling to move the ball through air with any amount of efficiency. Gordon would be a huge upgrade to that offense and could make for a dynamic receiver combination once Michael Crabtree returns from a torn Achilles.


Philadelphia clearly needs another weapon opposite of DeSean Jackson. Gordon offer plenty of speed and would seemingly fit in great with the Eagles offense. Jeremy Maclin is done for the season and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, so Gordon would be a cost efficient option for them in the coming years.


Reports surfaced on Sunday that Tom Brady has already reached out to veteran receivers Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd about returning this season. Brady was able to complete 25 of 36 passes for 225 yards to go along with two touchdowns and a single interception. They’ll get Danny Amendola and TE Rob Gronkowski back at some point in the near future, so it’s probably not all that pressing for them to trade for a receiver at this point in time. Kenbrell Thompkins could also develop into a similar type of receiver to Gordon in the coming years as well.


The Raiders could be an option for the simple fact that they could use more offensive weapons. GM Reggie McKenzie has done everything he can to build a better foundation for this franchise moving forward, and 2014 looks to be a huge offseason for them. Gordon could easily be their best receiver, but any trade would obviously come down to the compensation. Cleveland spent a second-round pick on Gordon, so it’s very likely that they would be asking for something close to that.

These are simply speculative options and there has been no reports of any of these teams making an offer for Gordon. That can obviously change in the coming weeks. The trade deadline is October 29, so we should have more on this topic in the near future.

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