Posted October 09, 2013

Mock GM: Josh Gordon to 49ers, more trades that should happen before deadline

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Josh Gordon has been the subject of rumors since the Browns traded Trent Richardson.

Josh Gordon has been the subject of rumors since the Browns traded Trent Richardson. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar take on the roles of NFL general managers in Mock GM, as they work on speculative wheeling and dealing …

The NFL trade season already has been more active than usual, with former first-round picks Trent Richardson, Levi Brown and Eugene Monroe on the move. Who might be next to come off the block? With the trade deadline of Oct. 29 less than three weeks away, Doug Farrar and Chris Burke offer up three possibilities.

TRADE 1: Josh Gordon to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2014 second-round pick

Cleveland’s GM reacts (Farrar): As the Browns general manager, I’m looking to the future even though my team has surprised with a 3-2 record. I’m looking at a quarterback in Brandon Weeden that I didn’t like before the 2012 draft back when I worked for the NFL Network, and he still has a lot of the same limitations he had back then. I need a franchise quarterback and a dominant running back, and I can get another pass-catcher in the 2014 draft with a pretty deep level of talent at that position.

I know some fans will believe that we’re tanking the season with this trade, but I have faith in the defense we’ve built, and to be perfectly honest, I’d rather get as many draft chips as possible and build a legitimate contender over the next few years. Gordon is a talent, yes, but he’s also got enough dings on his personal record to make him a risk into the future. I’ll take advantage of the 49ers’ need to upgrade their passing offense now in return for upgrading mine drastically over the next few years.

San Francisco’s GM reacts (Burke): With three more Kansas City wins the draft choice sent to us in the Alex Smith trade locks in as a second-rounder, so we feel pretty comfortable dealing our original 2014 Round 2 spot. Plus, we’ve still got an extra third-rounder to work with, too, should anything else pop up on the radar.

From a pure football sense, this makes our team better. We’re still hopeful that Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree can come back and contribute in the next month or so, but waiting on them still leaves us shorthanded now. Plus, we’re not sure either guy will be back in 2014, so landing Gordon should help in the present and definitely down the line.


TRADE 2: Tony Gonzalez to the Kansas City Chiefs for a conditional fourth-round pick

Atlanta’s GM reacts (Farrar): Well, this is not what we expected. After grabbing the top seed in the NFC and nearly going to the Super Bowl last season, my team is 1-4, and the offense and defense are both falling apart. At a certain point, I have to acknowledge that there are several holes in the roster I’ve built. And with Julio Jones possibly out for the season and Roddy White hobbled all season, that vaunted passing offense isn’t working out.

Tony Gonzalez came back to Atlanta for one more season to chase a Super Bowl, and that’s not going to happen in Atlanta. GMs aren’t usually sentimental, and it’s a pragmatic move — we lost a ton of draft picks when we moved up to get Jones in 2011, and I need more picks to remedy that over the long term. My offer is Gonzalez to a Chiefs team that really needs a short and intermediate target and has a Super Bowl defense. If he hits certain statistical targets for the Chiefs in 2013, the fourth-round pick in return becomes a third-rounder. And if Tony is on the Chiefs’ roster at the start of the 2014 league year in March, the third becomes a future second.

Kansas City’s GM reacts (Burke): We’re pulling the trigger here for one reason and one reason only: We feel we can win the Super Bowl right now. Obviously, coughing up draft picks is not something to be taken lightly — with this trade and the Alex Smith trade, we’ll be short going into the 2014 draft. So only a perfect fit would even entice us to consider such a deal.

But this is a perfect fit. Gonzalez is still a beloved figure here, he gives us a massive upgrade at an important position and it’s workable financially — with $2.5 million in cap space, Gonzalez’s pro-rated salary fits, even if we might have to create a little wiggle room down the road.


TRADE 3: Kenny Britt to the Detroit Lions for a conditional 2014 sixth-round pick

Tennessee’s GM reacts (Burke): For us, it was becoming increasingly obvious that not only was Kenny Britt going to leave as a free agent after 2013, but that he badly needed a change of scenery. We don’t feel like this is equal value for the caliber of player that Britt is, but it was a better-than-nothing proposition for us, really. Hopefully, he’ll rediscover his game in a new situation, and we will move on in a more harmonious fashion without him.

Detroit’s GM reacts (Farrar): We’re hoping this won’t be Titus Young redux, but for a conditional sixth, taking Britt’s baggage is worth it in the short term. Our team is tied with Chicago for the NFC North lead, and we saw what our offense looks like without Calvin Johnson in last Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. In short, it wasn’t pretty. With Nate Burleson out for another month or so, it would certainly help to have a complementary target when Megatron is on the field, and something resembling a deep target if (God forbid) he isn’t. This would be a bad move for a non-contending team, but we can’t waste what Reggie Bush has done for our offense. If Britt drives us nuts like he drove the Titans nuts, we can cut bait sooner than later — or just have Ndamukong Suh talk to him.

34 comments
Mike133
Mike133

Too bad there's only like 1 trade per year in the NFL

Cornerss
Cornerss

dolphins need a LT, RT AND A RG. Solia and Starks are both free agents, trade starks, sign solia.

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

Gonzalez to the Chiefs.....what a ridiculous idea.....


The Chiefs are in the 1st year of Reid's tenure....he is not trading away future picks. LOL.


Who wrote this article??

Roy1
Roy1

Small market teams are always supposed to trade their stars for pennies on the dollar to big market teams as trade deadlines approach.  Happens every season, every sport.  

GregSamick
GregSamick

Gordon isn't going anywhere.  At least not this season.

How many times does Chud have to say "we aren't shopping Gordon or have any desire to trade him"?

They aren't going to trade their best receiver when they actually have a winning season going.

Trading Little would be no loss. 

Now what happens after this season is anyone's guess.

Just more idiotic sports writers starting rumors.

strawwalker
strawwalker

Most NFL teams have had their fill of Prima Dona players with drug, and police problems. The Lions have a long list of Rogers, Young and Williams WR that had serious issues. They are not only trouble for themselves but bring a negative aspect to the team. NO one wants that..

tonybot3
tonybot3

At this point, the Browns' only trading partner should be Indianapolis.   Colts would probably give them their entire next 7 year's worth of drafts for Gordon.

Danny27
Danny27

The Browns absolutely should NOT trade Josh Gordon for merely a 2nd round pick. He is a true WR1. We used a 2nd round Supplemental Draft pick on him, and got 1st round talent. He could be a top 10 WR in the league in another year or two. I realize he is one mistake away from being suspended a year, and that's why I'm not entirely against trading him. But not for 1 2nd rounder. The likelihood of the Browns getting a player of equal talent in the 2nd round is not good at all. We've already wasted 2nd round picks on Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi. I hate the idea of giving up a known very talented player for a 2nd round pick, where we "might" be able to find someone of equal talent, if we're lucky.   /pass

Twen15
Twen15

The idea that the Browns are looking for a "dominant running back" in next year's draft is ridiculous. Trent Richardson certainly has not lived up to the hype thus far but he at least was drafted with the "talented, franchise running back" label. The NFL is a passing league and WR's have a very high "miss" rate, especially when drafted early. Giving up Josh Gordon--a legit number 1 receiver--for the chance to take Cordarrelle Patterson or Justin Hunter drives me insane. Only 1/3 (unscientific generalization) WRs seem to make an impact in their first couple years, and only a couple PER DRAFT will match the numbers that Gordon is putting up right now. Also, the Niners are trying to steal a talented guy but NFL offenses aren't known for their simplicity so it would be dumb to assume that Gordon will come in and make an impact for their team anyways. End rant.

bulletrico
bulletrico

The niners are not going to trade a 2nd round pick for that bum!!! Good in Cleveland dosent equate to good in SF!!!

gravity_fails
gravity_fails

Giving away a clear 1st round WR for a 2nd rounder makes no sense. With every week, Gordon's value rises. If they really want to trade him, wait until after the season and get a 1st and 3rd. But don't just give him away for a 2nd.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

The Browns are winning, the idea they would help the Niners is ridiculous.

KhouryHeilman
KhouryHeilman

Regardless of his off-field troubles, Gordon should NOT be traded. If anything, the Browns need to get ANOTHER good WR and get rid of Greg Little and get Bess back into the slot where he's more effective. Get Gordon on a leash, watch him, direct him, and he'll be fine.

nicholasvergara
nicholasvergara

How about the Giants trade Hakeem Nicks to the Patriots for a 2nd rounder?  Pats need a WR in the worst way and giving Brady a viable option at WR gives them a chance vs Denver.  Nicks is looking for a big deal and the Giants are definitely not going to give it to him after this year's performance and injury history.  Win-Win scenario.

TimTheEnchanter
TimTheEnchanter

If Britt really has the talent you say here, aren't the Titans likely to do better than a 6th with a compensatory pick for Britt?  Yes it would be one year removed, but if you can get a 4th or 5th down the road....

If he doesn't have that talent, then why would another team give up *anything* to get him, especially with his contract up at the end of the year?

Then again, maybe the Titans have a lot of cap space and expect to be big FA buyers next year meaning no comp picks?  I don't know for sure what their situation looks like for next offseason. 

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

No one is giving up a #2 for Gordon...he's one good Saturday night away for a year-long ban.

They'd be lucky to get a #4, and I suspect that's optimistic.

Given the Aldon Smith fiasco, the LAST thing SF needs is another loser.  (Think Baalke regrets not taking JJ Watt instead of Dumbo?)

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Trade 1 & 2 Make sense but NOBODY will Deal for BRITT but going back to the Cleveland Deal why Trade a NOW ESTABLISHED WR to take a Chance on another next Year? I'd rather have a guy READY to go who know's the system to play with my new QB.

eb56ba77
eb56ba77

Browns fans are sick to death of "well, there's always next year, next year, next year."  The team needs to have some self respect so that future draft picks actually want to stay here and NOT pull a "Braylon Edwards."  Keep Josh Gordon.  They have a decent chance of finishing above .500 and even make the playoffs.

ThinkerT
ThinkerT

@GregSamick I agree that Gordon isn't going anywhere, but the past is littered with GMs saying "we're not shopping this player or have any desire to trade him" just days before that player is traded. 

Cornerss
Cornerss

@Danny27 , and Josh Gorden is one bad piss test away from a a 16 game suspension.

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

@Twen15 Plus, if you do try to float Patterson's name in net year's draft, it's not going to go very well.  Since, you know, he was drafted THIS year.  ;)

Yipicya
Yipicya

@bulletrico They'd have to pony up a #1 for a #1 receiver like Gordon anyway


BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@TimTheEnchanter He has plenty of talent, but also a helluva rap sheet (been arrested at least three times in the last few years- mainly for Dui and drug possession [marijuana], and misses 4 games a year with injury. Thats why the low cost.

Yipicya
Yipicya

@DavidHarte You are an idiot Harte, he wasn't busted for partying, that's why he had his suspension reduced.  

JamesMartens
JamesMartens

@eb56ba77 I do not understand the thought behind stocking draft picks to take a rookie that plays the same position....in the hopes that they are as good.  Gordon is already there, he is already good....why trade for a draft pick to use on another WR?  It makes no sense what so ever.


Yipicya
Yipicya

@ilive4chicago @gravity_fails yeah, a first round talent anyway.  Had he not gotten taken he'd have been taken before Tavon Austin or Patterson, he's played a couple of weeks and already out performed both, with better QBs