Should the Baltimore Ravens Trade for Josh Gordon?

Hannah Foslien

With the Cleveland Browns supposedly shopping wide receiver Josh Gordon and the Baltimore Ravens in need of a wide receiver, it could not hurt for Ozzie Newsome to at least inquire for the young and talent receiver.

The Cleveland Browns' great offensive purge of 2013 is not over quite yet, with news breaking earlier today:

The Ravens are in desperate need of receiving help, as Anquan Boldin was traded away, Dennis Pitta dislocated and broke his hip, Jacoby Jones sprained his knee, Deonte Thompson injured his foot, and Ed Dickson is struggling with drops. Ray Rice, another integral part of the Ravens' receiving game, is also out indefinitely with a hip injury. (His injury should be short term, but no time table has been released.)

Marlon Brown, an undrafted rookie out of Georgia, has been thrust into a starting role already but is also struggling with drops and can not beat man coverage.

Josh Gordon is in his second year out of Baylor after getting selected in the second round of the Supplemental Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was suspended for the first two games of this season for violating the league's drug policy and appears to have some character issues, but his ability is outstanding.

Playing with Brandon Weeden in their rookie years last year, Gordon hauled in 50 passes for 805 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Playing with former third string quarterback Brian Hoyer today against the Minnesota Vikings, Gordon caught 10 passes on 19 targets for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Against the Texans, all of the Baltimore Ravens' wide receivers combined had 8 receptions on 13 targets for 107 yards and 0 touchdowns.

Despite his youth and talent, Gordon is from a different era in Cleveland, an era that new head coach Rob Chudzinski and new general manager Michael Lombardi are desperately trying to disassociate themselves with.

So the question arises, should the Ravens attempt to acquire Josh Gordon from their conference rival Cleveland Browns?

Gordon has terrific deep threat ability with reliable hands and could be an absolute terror for opposing secondaries next to Torrey Smith. It could not hurt for Ozzie Newsome and Co. to at least make an inquiry. Traditionally, Ozzie has not liked to give up draft picks and that will probably be the price for Gordon as the Cleveland Brown's front office is planning an assault on the upcoming NFL Draft.

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