It’s already been over a month since we traded Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots and hindsight has me thinking why we couldn’t have gotten more for him? At first, a fifth-rounder didn’t seem like a terrible price given Gordon’s history, lack of playing time over the years and his looming injury (at the time). Now, between seeing Gordon play fairly well with the Patriots and the Raiders getting a first-round pick in 2019 for Amari freaking Cooper makes me think we lost the trade.
To compare the two a little bit, let’s first start with what receivers are actually supposed to do: catch the ball. Cooper has been well known for his struggles with this seemingly simple task in the pros, whereas Gordon has not. Gordon has a fantastic set of hands and even somehow makes catches that seem impossible. He is taller, faster and stronger than Cooper. Gordon has also played an important role in New England and is finding relative success there. Across the board, it’s hard to disagree with the fact that Gordon has significantly more talent than Cooper. So, are off-the-field issues (that for the moment seem to have been resolved) really worth four whole rounds worth of a pick?
Not only do I think we could have and should have gotten more for Gordon initially, but now I’m thinking we should have traded him to the Cowboys.
Why? I’ll tell you why.
The Cowboys, like the Browns, are infamous for having players on their roster with off-the-field issues. I bet GM John Dorsey could have had them drooling over Gordon during the trade talks and ultimately milked at least a first-rounder out of them, maybe more. I suppose it is just frustrating to see a trade like the one involving Cooper happen and then remember that we got a bag of potato chips for Gordon. The NFL often doesn’t make sense and this is definitely one of those times. Just another classic tale of the Cleveland Browns getting shafted.