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Philadelphia Eagles turned down a trade for Josh Gordon in 2013 involving Nick Foles

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The Philadelphia Eagles took to the field last season with a wide receiving corp predominantly consisting of Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews.

Trade offer

According to a report today however that trio could have been joined (or replaced) by controversial Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Phil Sheridan of revealed that the Eagles were offered Gordon at the beginning of the 2013 NFL season only to turn down the proposal because of what the Browns were asking for in return.

Per Sheridan's report:

"The price for Gordon, according to a source familiar with the discussions: quarterback Nick Foles."

Josh Gordon went on to enjoy an impressive 2013 campaign - racking up 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns after missing the first two games serving a suspension for a substance abuse policy violation.

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Lucky escape?

While it can't be known exactly as to why Philadelphia turned down the deal, his substance abuse policy violation is unlikely to have helped sway them in his favor.

His off-field misdemeanours have only escalated since however and, after sitting 11-of-16 games through suspension in 2014, he has already been ruled out of the upcoming campaign for yet another violation of NFL policy.

Whether Chip Kelly and his staff would have been able to put Gordon on a different path will forever remain a mystery but one current Eagles player is glad they nixed the deal back in 2013.

Linebacker Emmanuel Acho posted the following message on Twitter after hearing the news:

Good call by Philly

As well as avoiding the chaos that is Josh Gordon's NFL career, the Eagles' decision two-years ago also gave them a definitive starter at the quarterback position.

At the time of the trade proposal Nick Foles was setting up for a season as Michael Vick's back up. Twenty months on though and Eagles fans are hoping the QB returns to full fitness in the near future after the team saw their playoff chances take a major hit when he went down injured in Week Nine of the 2014 season.

And as for the Browns? Had they got hold of Foles the current quarterback conundrum engulfing the franchise would likely never have come about. And who knows where Johnny Manziel would have ended up...

What do you think Eagles fans? Would you have made the trade back in 2013? And Browns fans, would you swap Gordon's 2013 season for a reliable quarterback? Let us know in the comments section below...

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