The New England Patriots are closing in on a trade for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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The Browns announced Saturday that they would release Gordon on Monday, reportedly due to the loss of trust. However, they since received several trade offers for Gordon from around the league and were expected to accept a deal for the wide receiver by 4 pm ET on Monday.

Gordon reportedly had the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys as his top two preferred trade destinations. The Cowboys apparently didn't have much interest in him while the 49ers did. But the Niners look like they're about to lose out to the Patriots, who are now set to land a game-changing wide receiver for Tom Brady.

The Patriots are currently lacking a top-caliber wide receiver with Julian Edelman still serving his four-game suspension. Brady currently has Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Corey Coleman as his receiving options.

Gordon has shown the ability to be one of the best wide receivers in the league when he’s right physically and mentally. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened too often. He’s played just 11 games since he led the league in receiving yards and made first-team All-Pro in the 2013 season.

Given his track record, it’s not a certainty that Gordon will be able to stay on the field in New England. But much like their gamble on Randy Moss over a decade ago, the potential reward of Gordon’s immense talent makes him worth the risk from the Patriots’ perspective.