The San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns have discussed a trade for wide receiver Josh Gordon according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter goes on to say in his tweet that the deal does seem unlikely after San Francisco press’s conference today.
During that press conference, it was announced that Mario Manningham is close to coming off the PUP list and Michael Crabtree is on schedule to return in the middle of November. Crabtree was seen on the practice field today as well, so that is a great sign for the San Francisco receiving corps.
Still, it is not hard to imagine what Gordon could bring to the table, although the price would most likely be high. No, not a first round pick, but close enough.
In fact, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee tweeted that the Browns have been talking to some teams about their receiver and are asking for a second round pick. With the 49ers slated to have a couple of second round picks (conditional pick for Alex Smith trade), they could be willing to trade one of them for a young receiver.
But, like Aldon Smith, he does have a history of issues off the field. Most recently he served a two game suspension to start the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The trade is still feasible, however, considering guys like Manningham and Anquan Boldin are in the final year of their contracts.