The Browns were posturing that they'd refuse to deal Josh Gordon to an AFC team after his latest slip up, but you knew they'd take the deal where they could get it.
It's been a tough National Football League career for the young wide receiver who also hails from Baylor. The Browns made a decision to leave him behind when they traveled to New Orleans, and later said they meant to release him.
There's no denying Gordon comes with more than a little baggage. Gordon's barely been active for years, unable to build on his breakout 2013 campaign and battling years of substance abuse.
Gordon played in Cleveland's season opener, but reported to the team on Saturday with a hamstring injury after practising all week. He missed training camp to receive treatment and the Browns were cautiously optimistic he would help them this season. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning previous year.
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Still, he's regarded among his peers as one of the game's most talented players. In Week 1, the receiver caught one pass for a 17-yard touchdown. "I love our whole team and the guys that we have".
With Julian Edelman serving a four-game suspension, the Patriots receiving corps has been thin. The group, through two games, has lacked some punch.
That type of performance from Gordon would be very useful indeed to the Patriots, and the possibility of it, in addition to his physical profile and skill set, has inspired comparisons to when the team traded for Randy Moss ahead of the 2007 season.
In New England, he will be reunited with former Cleveland and Baylor team-mate Corey Coleman, who had his own issues with the Browns before being traded last month. Otherwise, if it doesn't work out, the Patriots will do what they did with over a dozen receivers this offseason - they'll move on.