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Report: Josh Gordon eyeing trade to Cowboys or 49ers

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The Cleveland Browns are parting ways with Josh Gordon. But while they’ve announced that they will release the wide receiver on Monday, many around the league expect the Browns to trade him before then. Indeed, teams have already been calling them up.

Gordon has no say on where he’d be traded if the Browns do get a deal done. But if it were up to him, the two teams on top of his list of preferred destinations would be the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

As many as five teams are currently exploring the possibility of trading for Gordon, per Rapoport. It remains to be seen whether San Francisco or Dallas are included in that list. Although, both would meet the Browns’ preference to trade Gordon away to the NFC, as Adam Schefter of ESPN notes.

The 49ers and Cowboys could certainly use a receiver of Gordon’s quality given their lack of top receiving options available to their respective young quarterbacks.

The 49ers will be without their top wideout Marquise Goodwin for Week 2 due to a thigh injury. And they don’t have much behind him, with Pierre Garcon, second-year player Trent Taylor, and rookies Dante Pettis and Richie James as their other receivers on the depth chart.

As for the Cowboys, much has been made about their lack of a true No. 1 receiver following the release of Dez Bryant. Their receiving corps is currently composed of Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, Tavon Austin, and rookie Michael Gallup.

The two teams don’t have much time to get a deal done for the troubled receiver before the Browns cut him loose on Monday. But if they do, they’d be getting a potentially transformative playmaker — if Gordon can behave and stay on the field.