Back before the NFL trade deadline, the Cleveland Browns were rumored to be close dealing wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was seen as a talented but troubled receiver. Reports were saying that the Browns had decided Gordon wasn’t worth the trouble, and the New York Jets were widely reported as one of the most likely landing spots for Gordon. The Jets were 4-3 and in need of a wide receiver, and they had plenty of extra draft picks. However, the Jets got blown out by the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8, and they chose to let the trade deadline pass without a move.
Since then, Gordon has absolutely exploded, and he and Alshon Jeffrey are in an incredible contest for the title of best young receiver in the NFL. In his last five games alone, Gordon has caught 39 passes for 841 yards and 6 TDs. Each of those statistics would be tops on the Jets for the entire season, and Gordon has done it in just five games. He is looking like an absolute superstar, and his trade value has skyrocketed into the nearly untouchable category.
On Sunday, Gordon’s and the Browns will travel to New York and the Jets will get a first hand look at what could have been. They have gotten very little production from their receiving corps, and the position looks to be their biggest need heading into the offseason. Geno Smith has had plenty of struggles, but he certainly hasn’t gotten much help from his playmakers. If Gordon was on the Jets, it is safe to assume that things would be much different.
The Jets were rumored to be offering multiple picks for Gordon, and some reports said a 2nd and 3rd round pick was the final offer. No one knows for sure if the Browns were seriously considering it, or if John Idzik pulled the offer following the loss to the Bengals. No matter what to case, it is fair to say that Idzik should have pushed harder to get the deal done. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and if Idzik had known how good Gordon would become then he would have pushed harder. Unfortunately for the Jets, they are still left with a gaping hole at receiver, and on Sunday they will watch Gordon and wonder about what could have been.