FOXBORO – The Patriots and Cleveland Browns agreed in principal on a trade for Josh Gordon on Monday evening. By Tuesday evening, the receiver passed his physical and the trade was official on the NFL’s transaction wire.
Over the last 48 hours, the Patriots have been sending out tweets and Instagram posts about the All-Pro receiver. That’s what made Bill Belichick’s song and dance on Wednesday so confusing.
During Belichick’s Wednesday morning press conference, the Patriots coach refused to discuss Gordon – at all.
“We’ll talk about it when it’s done. If it’s done. When it’s done,” Belichick said when asked about fielding questions about the receiver. The coach then said the trade had to be finalized, which was confusing considering the NFL seemed to finalize it on Tuesday and the team has been tweeting about the player for two days.
The holdup seems to be in the trade compensation.
According to the NFL Network, the Patriots will now receiver a seventh round pick back from the Browns. Originally, the seventh rounder was supposed to be conditional and only headed to Foxboro in the event that Gordon didn’t play in 10 days.
Throughout the near 15-minute press conference, Belichick wouldn’t answer any Gordon-related questions.
“I’m not going to talk about players that aren’t actually on our roster totally,” Belichick said. “When that happens, it’s happens. If it happens.”
When asked about the trade being on the transaction wire, Belichick replied, “There are terms that have to be met before the trade is finalized. When those are completed then we’ll have a completed trade. Until they’re completed, I’m not going to get into it. Any other questions?”
The Patriots, for an unknown reason, were still tweaking the Gordon trade after they already announced it two days later. The trade will go down as the Pats sending a fifth-round pick to Cleveland for Gordon and a seventh-round selection.
“If and when it happens, I’m happy to talk about it. It’s not completed. I don’t understand how we don’t understand that. When it’s completed, it’s completed. If it’s not completed, it’s not completed. Right now, it’s not completed, so, next question.
“I’m not saying it’s not going to happen. I’m just saying it’s not completed. It’s a process and when we’re through the process, great.”
Published at Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:52:47 +0000