BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots have taken on some reclamation projects in the past, and there may be another one available in the near future.
Teams are reportedly reaching out to the Cleveland Browns about Josh Gordon, and Pro Football Talk suggests the Patriots are among the teams that make the most sense for the troubled receiver. The 25-year-old is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season because he had some trouble laying off the weed, and he’s only played in five games the last two seasons due various suspensions (he was suspended for all of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy).
But given New England’s past success with players who partake in some questionable behavior, the Patriots are one of the few teams that could make such a risky move work. It’s a subject Felger & Mazz touched on Wednesday afternoon, with Tony Mazz on board with the idea.
“I would love to see them do this,” said Mazz, though he added that it depends on Cleveland’s asking price. “I love the player; he’s a monster. He’s not your typical ‘chuck-it-down-the-field’ A.J. Green type. He’s a beast. He’s strong.”
Felger disagrees, and says the Randy Moss and Corey Dillon comparisons that some are making are not good ones when it comes to Gordon.
“Randy Moss came to you for a fourth- and a seventh-round pick. The price won’t be right on him. There will be too many teams in on him and he’s too close to his prime. The Patriots aren’t going to get into a bidding war for him,” he said. “If they’re going to bring this guy in, they want leverage on the contract and leverage on the circumstance. I don’t think they’re going to get leverage on Gordon, so I don’t think it’s a realistic possibility.”
Felger wasn’t done there.
“Further more, I just don’t want him. The last thing I want is some a-hole, outside wide receiver, so what — ‘I can take the top off the defense!’ Get back into that stupid cliché, someone to chuck the ball 40 yards to down the field. Like that matters? I don’t need that,” he said. “He is one of these high-maintenance, problem, super-talented, insanely gifted wide receivers, and I’m down on that whole guy.”
Gordon led all receivers in the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 and has 14 touchdowns in 35 career games.