A second-round pick in the the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards as a rookie.
Gordon exploded in 2013 for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns on 87 catches for the Cleveland Browns, but has only played 11 games since while serving multiple suspensions for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
At least 8 to 10 teams called the Browns inquiring about potentially trading for Gordon, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson, after the Browns announced Saturday that they meant to release Gordon on Monday.
After the news came down, it sent Twitter into an absolute frenzy, mainly because fans of nearly every National Football League team were hoping the Patriots wouldn't land him. Schefter also reported that Gordon is healthy enough from his strained hamstring to play Sunday night at Detroit. And for New England fans?
Gordon's impending release not due to substance abuse violation
He was away from the team for nearly the first full month of training camp and did not begin practicing until last week. Two thoughts related to the Dallas Cowboys come to mind in relation to the 2013 All-Pro receiver.
The Browns have been supportive of Gordon, but the team felt betrayed and decided it was time to cut ties.
When Gordon showed up at the team's facility on Saturday, he was said to have been 10 minutes late for a team meeting and went to the training room.
"I hate to make projections and expectations", Brady said. "I always feel, since camp ended and we got our 53, we can win with the people we have".
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. "We see what he does when he's on the field, so I guess I'll leave it at that for now". He was then suspended, again, for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Many groaned, celebrated, and took to Twitter to express their astonishment at New England's latest acquisition.