Peter King’s MMQB is out for today. In it he states the following:
7. I think there are so many teams that could use Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon, so many receiver-needy contenders, and with the trade deadline coming Tuesday, he’s the most obvious candidate to be moved. Gordon, who is signed through 2014, will cost an acquiring team only $437,000 for the rest of the season (as opposed to, say, looming free-agent defensive end Jared Allen, who would cost $7.57 million to a team for the last nine weeks of the year). I realize Gordon could be a positive substance test away from a lengthy suspension, but if I’m the Patriots, and I still have my full load of 2014 picks, I’d offer Cleveland a fourth-round pick that could conditionally upgrade to a third- depending on performance and try to get Gordon.
Now we understand the point he is making. That Gordon, with all his talents and warts, could be a player teams look at at the trading deadline. He lost us, and probably most people in the NFL, with the compensation he thought the Pats should offer. I think after that offer they should then offer a 6th rounder for Joe Thomas and a 5th rounder for Joe Haden.
Obviously teams, and national media, should be concerned about Gordon’s drug testing issues, a looming suspension, but for a noted member of the media to think that might get a trade done is laughable. Literally Joe Banner would probably laugh as that trade was being offered. Could Gordon get moved today or tomorrow? Sure, but if he does it will most likely be for at least a first rounder or a combination of a second rounder and other picks/players.