Bill Belichick continues to insist the Josh Gordon trade isn't completed, and he refuses to comment on a player he claims isn't on the roster.
Well, someone ought to tell him that -- unless someone else is wearing the No. 10 the Patriots issued to Gordon, according to the roster on their official Web site -- the ex-Browns receiver has sneaked into their practice. And if the deal really isn't final, the Patriots are breaking any number of NFL rules by having a player who's officially on someone else's team working out with them . . .
Josh Gordon, No. 10, present at Patriots practice. pic.twitter.com/fOXNAT9Ndp— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 19, 2018
Belichick's obstinence on the issue is baffling, since the trade has been announced by the Patriots, the Browns and the NFL itself, and the league is selling Gordon's Patriots jersey at its online store. But -- unless the deal was finished to his satisfaction in the hour or so between his press conference and when this picture was taken -- this one's going to be tough for him to explain away at his next media availability, on Friday.
Or maybe DJ Bean's Tweet will take on added significance . . .
Gonna be real awkward when Gordon wins SB MVP and Belichick isn’t ready to acknowledge his existence yet https://t.co/LF3UBd68QX— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) September 19, 2018