The final straw that got Josh Gordon shipped to Patriots

The final straw that got Josh Gordon shipped to Patriots

The final straw that got Josh Gordon shipped to Patriots

The New England Patriots grasped at straws long enough and seized an opportunity to make a low-risk trade with the Cleveland Browns for talented but troubled wideout Josh Gordon.

After being released by Buffalo, Coleman signed with the Patriots last week but was released when the team traded for Gordon on Monday. If Gordon is active for 10 games, the Browns will receive a fifth-round pick, but if not it becomes a seventh-rounder. The Patriots might get something good out of him, and if they don't get anything good out of him then it is nearly nothing ventured nothing gained. Coleman originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (15th overall) by Cleveland out of Baylor in the 2016 NFL Draft. He hasn't been the same player since breaking his hand in Week 2 of his rookie season, which came after he caught five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

By bringing Coleman back, the Pats add a once promising receiver to their roster. And if he does, he has yet to prove that he can be a consistently productive National Football League receiver despite his first-round pedigree.

Coleman's return to New England comes with a caveat - he's on the practice squad.

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