Manic Monday in Berea, Cleveland Browns Make Four Transactions

Josh Gordon Traded, Zane Gonzalez Cut, New Kicker and Wide Receiver Signed

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Source: Scott Piker

Once again the winds of change have blown thrown the Cleveland Browns training complex in Berea, Ohio. It was a manic Monday for the orange and brown. None of it had anything to do with game preparations for the New York Jets on Thursday night.

General manager John Dorsey spent the day on the phone as the roster shuffling continues. The Josh Gordon era is now a thing of the past. The troubled wide receiver has been traded to the New England Patriots. In return the Browns get a fifth round draft pick in 2019. In addition to Gordon, the Browns send the Patriots a conditional seventh round pick in 2019.

Gordon spent six years in the Browns organization. The off the field troubles are finally a problem of another franchise and not the Browns

I think (General Manager) John (Dorsey) got the best deal that he could get,” head coach Hue Jackson said via a conference call. “He is gone now, and we are going to move on and coach the team that is here. We are going to get ourselves ready to play this Thursday night.”

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The Browns have replaced Gordon with veteran wide receiver Rod Streater. The former Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers wide out spent the preseason with the Buffalo Bills.

Cleveland will have a new kicker when they take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday night. Second year kicker Zane Gonzalez is out. Rookie Greg Joseph out of Florida Atlantic University is the replacement.

Gonzalez was given the boot after missing two field goals and two extra points in Sunday’s 21-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Joseph tried out with the Miami Dolphins during the preseason but did not win that job. Cleveland also worked out veteran free agent kickers.

“We felt real good about his workout,” Jackson said. “He did an excellent job. A young player, he has the chance hopefully to be very consistent as we move forward. He has a strong leg obviously, too. He fits all the criteria that we are looking for in a kicker. We feel good about him, and obviously, he has to go do it.”

So is there concern about sending a rookie kicker out in just three days to make his NFL debut?

“No doubt, hopefully, that will not be the case (laughter). We will have to work through that very quickly,” Jackson said. “His No. 1 job is to get that ball through those uprights.”

Scott Piker is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Browns. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport


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