2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Josh Gordon

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Where Could Josh Gordon Be Traded?

Where Could Josh Gordon Be Traded?
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The NFL Trade Deadline is approaching and there has been no word about the future of Josh Gordon. Cleveland Browns' management is undecided about the wide receiver, except for the fact that they would ask for the moon in exchange for him.

Gordon currently ranks fifth in the NFL in receiving yards per game, which is an accomplishment in its own, considering the Browns' inconsistency from the quarterback position. Browns' ownership proved once already this season that they are not afraid of making a blockbuster deal. Cleveland traded running buck Trent Richardson earlier this season to the Indianapolis Colts, a trade in which the Browns received a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft in return. Don’t expect that same level of compensation for Gordon, however.

There are a few teams who recently lost top wide receivers to injury and would greatly appreciate Gordon’s services. Many of those teams are also contenders for this year’s playoffs, so they are viable destinations for Gordon. Other teams are just beginning to solidify their odds for the playoffs, so adding Gordon would further push the issue that they want to win now.

Josh Gordon may or may not be traded from the Cleveland Browns this season. Any team that approaches the Cleveland front office better to be ready to make a significant offer for a swap.

We will know of a deal sometime before the Oct. 26 deadline. If he is traded, however, here are five teams where he could fit in quite well.

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5. Carolina Panthers

5. Carolina Panthers
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Over the past few weeks, the Carolina Panthers have convinced us that they are a legit contender to make the playoffs. Their offense has come alive behind quarterback Cam Newton, and the defense is allowing just above 12 points per game over the last three games. Carolina’s receiving core still struggles, however. Brandon LaFell frequently drops passes and their leading receiver is Gren Olsen, a tight end who ranks 47th in the NFL in receiving yards. Josh Gordon would help Carolina’s drive to the playoffs greatly.

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4. Kansas City Chiefs

4. Kansas City Chiefs
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Kansas City is the NFL's last remaining undefeated team this season. If the Chiefs want to prove they are are all for a Super Bowl run, they look will at acquiring Josh Gordon from Cleveland. Quarterback Alex Smith could use another weapon to throw to; Kansas City’s leading receiver is Donnie Avery, who ranks 55th in the league. To put the Chiefs’ need for a receiver into perspective, Jamal Charles ranks right behind Avery at 56th. Coach Andy Reid could use another quality target for his offense.

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3. Green Bay Packers

3. Green Bay Packers
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The pass-first Green Bay Packers are experiencing troubles with their receiving core. Tight end Jermichael Finley, who appeared to break out of his slump last Sunday, suffered a season-ending spinal injury. Randall Cobb is on the injured reserve, and James Jones is doubtful for this Sunday’s game with a knee injury. The Packers can ensure their near future in the wide receiver department and acquire Josh Gordon.

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2. San Francisco 49ers

2. San Francisco 49ers
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There have been trade rumors between the Josh Gordon and the San Francisco 49ers for some time now. Even though they may be a long shot to acquire the second-year man out of Baylor, the 49ers would be a great fit. San Francisco is very thin at wide receiver. Anquan Boldin leads the team in receiving, followed by tight end Vernon Davis. Beyond those two, the only other true receiving option is Kyle Williams, who is extremely unreliable. Josh Gordon would do wonders to the 49ers' receiving core.

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1. Indianapolis Colts

1. Indianapolis Colts
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The Indianapolis Colts have established themselves as a top team in the NFL. Their top receiver Reggie Wayne, however, went down with a season-ending ACL tear in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos. T.Y. Hilton is an excellent replacement as the new No. 1 receiver, but No. 2 man Darrius Heyward-Bey is not a reliable option. He has not recorded a 100-yard game since Jan. 1, 2012 as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Andrew Luck will be the man to lead this Colts playoff run, and he’ll need a premium target to do so. These two general managers have already done business once this year, so why not again?

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