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Eagles Could Target Browns' Josh Gordon In Potential Trade


With only a few weeks remaining before the 2016 NFL season begins, rumors have started to escalate in regards to how the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster will look for their season opener on September 11 against the Cleveland Browns. Although Doug Pederson has inherited several players from former coach Chip Kelly’s roster, it seems he's not keenly focused on rebuilding. As NFL expert picks followed the latest NFL draft, the Eagles rose to No. 2 after trading several drafts to decide on North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz.


Even though the Eagles are motivated after landing a potential franchise quarterback in Wentz, their offense still lacks fire, especially in specific skill positions. In less than three full years with the Eagles, Kelly ruined the offense by eliminating many skillful players due to their unacceptable defiance- releasing wide receiver DeSean Jackson and trading running back LeSean McCoy. The team also failed to re-sign wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Kelly tried to use the draft and free agency to sign a wide receiver and a running back, but the impact made by Jackson, McCoy and Maclin could not be replicated on the field by their replacements. The Eagles have solid options of tight end Zach Ertz and wide receiver Jordan Matthews, but the team’s fire remains visibly nonexistent. Josh Gordon photo: dunk360.com


This is where Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon could come into play.


After undergoing several drug-related suspensions, the 25-year old Gordon has returned to the Browns. However, he still has to sit out the first four games of the NFL season to complete his suspension. After his suspension, and if he stays out of trouble, he will once again have a rare opportunity to take his place among the best wide receivers in the NFL.


Gordon is still allowed to join the Browns at their training camp and attend every team gathering and activity. However, potentially credible NFL sources feel that the Browns will trade Gordon. ESPN’s John Clayton suggests the Eagles might consider acquiring the troubled young player. A receiver might be used to trade Gordon, but what teams will show interest? Philly could pounce on such a cheap trade with great talent, and Gordon could appropriately embrace the outside position.


If the Browns decide to trade Gordon, every team will focus on the price tag they would place on him. Obviously, the Eagles traded many draft picks to the Browns in order to land Wentz, so it might be questionable as to whether they can readily pull off yet another trade with Cleveland. Moreover, even though Gordon has the chance to be one of the best wide receivers in the league, he has not played productively since the 2013 season, due to the numerous suspensions that have plagued his career.


With Chip Kelly gone to San Francisco, Pederson might not adhere to the stringent principles of the former Eagles coach, who kept sacrificing talent for discipline. For a team that lacks a wide receiver, Gordon would be a clever risk for them, but maybe one worth taking. His Week 5 return will his long-awaited D-day, and the question that looms in the meantime is if the Browns would consider trading him.


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