Proposing NFL Team Trade Scenarios for Browns WR Josh Gordon
If there's one thing that can be said about the new regime in Cleveland, they aren't shy about shaking the tree.
Despite the fact that second-year wide receiver Josh Gordon is probably the team's most dangerous offensive weapon, the Browns are rumored to be shopping him, only a few weeks after dealing running back Trent Richardson.
However, stranger things have happened, so here's a look at some potential trade scenarios involving the former Baylor star.
San Francisco 49ers
Of all the deals on this list, this one is by far the most likely to happen.
As Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports, the Browns and 49ers have had some discussion about a Gordon trade, with the Browns reportedly asking for a second-round pick in return.
The 49ers are believed to have balked at that asking price, partly because of Gordon's checkered past and partly because Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree are both progressing well in their recovery from injuries.
However, there's no questioning that the San Francisco offense has struggled without a vertical threat to stretch defenses. It hasn't hurt the team that badly yet, but the 3-2 49ers don't have a lot of margin for error in the NFC West.
Meanwhile, with the Chiefs at 5-0, it's looking like they'll get to eight wins, which would escalate the pick the 49ers receive next year as part of the Alex Smith trade from the third round to the second.
The 49ers gamble on a talented but troubled young player. The Browns gamble that the Chiefs don't faceplant and finish below .500.
In the end, if the Browns are really serious about dealing Gordon, this is the trade that offers both teams the best chance of "winning."
New York Jets
Trade: Josh Gordon to New York Jets for conditional pick
At 3-2, the New York Jets are one of the bigger surprises of the 2013 NFL season.
They're also a team badly in need in wide receiver help, especially with Santonio Holmes sidelined indefinitely with a hamstring injury.
Assuming that cornerback Darrelle Revis is still a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the third day of the 2014 league year, the Jets will receive Tampa's third-round pick next season.
The Browns could deal Gordon to New York, with the contingency being that should Revis be let go by the Bucs Cleveland would then get the Jets' third rounder.
It's not the second round pick that Cleveland GM Mike Lombardi covets, but with the Buccaneers sitting at 0-4 and Revis all but certain to still be there in 2014, it looks like it will be pretty close.
Meanwhile, the Jets will have acquired a number one wideout for Geno Smith in the sort of "big splash" move that would likely go over very well with fans.
Trade: Josh Gordon to Philadelphia Eagles for second round pick
The odds of a trade like this happening likely decreased considerably when quarterback Michael Vick pulled up lame with a bad hamstring in Week 5.
However, at 2-3 the Eagles are tied for first place in the NFC East. If Chip Kelly and the Eagles feel like they have a legitimate shot at winning the division, Philadelphia may be willing to roll the dice.
If the Eagles are going to make a significant improvement during the season, this is their best shot. As prolific as the Philly offense has looked at times this season it has sputtered in others, due in large part to the lack of a viable second receiver opposite DeSean Jackson.
Jeremy Maclin, who tore his ACL before the season began, is a free agent after the 2013 season as well, so a trade for Gordon would allow the Eagles to address both the present and future in one fell swoop.
Trade: Josh Gordon to Oakland Raiders for third round pick
It would be remiss of us to compile any list of teams who might be interested in a Josh Gordon trade without including the Oakland Raiders.
After all, acquiring talented players with checkered pasts is how things get done in Oakland.
At least, it's how things used to get done.
There's a new sheriff in town, however, and general manager Reggie McKenzie may not be interested in taking a page out of the Al Davis playbook.
With that said, were Gordon's asking price to come down, it could be a different story.
There's a certain appeal to pairing Gordon and quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who certainly has the arm strength to make good use of Gordon's speed.
It's a long shot, but with the Raiders can anything be ruled out?