The move came after word surfaced Saturday the Browns were unhappy with Gordon after he showed up late at the team facility with a hamstring injury that was not suffered during practice that week. "We tried to provide the right environment".
His former Cleveland teammate Corey Coleman - who had his own issues with the Browns before being traded last month to Buffalo, cut and then signing with the Patriots - was released by New England to make room for Gordon. For its part, New England opened with a 27-20 win over the Texans before falling Sunday to the Jaguars, 31-20.
"I hate to determine it a relief", Jackson said.
I mean, we all knew that's where this was heading, didn't we?
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.
Gordon has been suspended multiple times for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon could be the solution. While Phillip Dorsett has emerged on underneath routes, the team lacks a big, athletic perimeter receiver. A Pro Bowl player in 2013, Gordon set a franchise record with an NFL-best 1,646 yards on 87 receptions with nine of those catches going for touchdowns after missing the first two games of the season because of a suspension.
The NFL trek for Gordon was never easy and had more valleys than peaks. "So we'll see how it goes this week and hopefully he can work hard, put the team first and end up helping us in any role that he can find for himself on the team". After trading Brandin Cooks this offseason New England lacked a field-stretching weapon, even one to pose a threat.