Carrington Harrison wasn't the first person to suggest this but I came across this tweet yesterday:
I want the Chiefs to try and trade for Josh Gordon. Think he needs a change of scenery, Reid and team can hold him accountable.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) December 30, 2014
Gordon is a 23-year old receiver for the Cleveland Browns. He was a 2012 second round Supplementary Draft pick (which occurs in the summer, after the regular draft) out of Baylor. Gordon had a solid rookie season in 2012 with over 800 receiving yards and then blew up in 2013 with a 1,600-yard receiving season, including back to back 200-yard games.
This year, as you probably know, he was suspended for more than half the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. That wasn't his first run in with trouble. He has multiple run-ins with marijuana and failed drug tests dating back to his sophomore year at Baylor.
Why a trade makes sense
Gordon is really, really good and the Chiefs have a big need there. That's the biggest reason it makes sense. Gordon has the talent and potential to be the best receiver in the NFL. And he's only 23 years. That's young and it's reasonable to expect he will mature. He might just need a change of scenery. Kind of like when a brash receiver from San Francisco needed a chance of scenery and Andy Reid was there to give it to Terrell Owens, who went on to have a 1,200 yard receiving season for the Eagles in their Super Bowl run.
Andy Reid constantly talks about what a good locker room the Chiefs have. There are some veterans at key positions. Kansas City's roster could handle the addition of Gordon.
Why a trade doesn't make sense
Because Gordon is one test away from being suspended for a year. He was initially suspended for the entire 2014 season but was able to argue that down to just 10 games. Then, after all of that, the Browns suspended him again for Week 17. This isn't some bottom-of-the-roster player. This would be your No. 1 receiver you absolutely count on and the Chiefs can't count on someone who has proven they can't stay on the field.
Chances of it happening
I see this as a very small chance of it happening. I have no idea what it would cost, not even a ballpark really, so clearly I have no idea what I'm talking about...
The reason this is intriguing is because you can make an argument that a big time receiver would help this team more than any other position. I'm not sure the Chiefs are "one piece away" but if they are close to that then Gordon would be as good as any available piece. The part I can't get over is that he is facing a one-year suspension with his next failed test and his history has made it clear that there's a good chance another one of those failed tests are coming.
I'll give this a 2 / 10 chance of happening.