Seahawks Re-Sign Josh Gordon

The Seahawks are re-signing talented but troubled wideout Josh Gordon, as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com was first to report (Twitter link). Gordon was hit with an indefinite suspension in December for violating the league’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse, but he applied for reinstatement in June. According to Fowler, that process is going well, so Gordon may be cleared for a return soon (Twitter link).

Most NFL fans are familiar with Gordon’s saga at this point. The December ban marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since he entered the league as a supplemental draft choice in 2012, and he missed the entire 2014-15 campaigns due to violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Teams continue to be intrigued by his undeniable talent, but he is getting farther and farther away from his tremendous 2013 season with the Browns, when he piled up 87 catches for a league-best 1,646 yards and nine TDs. The Patriots acquired him from Cleveland in September of 2018, and he produced pretty well for New England that year, tallying 40 catches for 720 yards and three scores during 11 regular season games. But in what would become something of a Christmas tradition, Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December 2018 for another substance abuse violation.

He was reinstated last August and returned to the Pats, who had placed an original-round RFA tender on him to secure his services. New England placed him on IR in October due to a knee injury and waived him about a week later. The Seahawks subsequently claimed him off waivers.

Gordon, 29, showed flashes of his old self in Seattle, and prior to his latest suspension, he expressed his desire to return to the Seahawks. The ‘Hawks reciprocated that interest in July, and Gordon has been working out in the Seattle area in the hopes of getting a call.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that Gordon’s contract is a one-year pact that can be worth a little over $1MM (Twitter link). That’s a low-risk, high-reward flier for the Seahawks, who recently re-signed Paul Richardson to add to a solid WR corps that also includes Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.

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17 comments on “Seahawks Re-Sign Josh Gordon

  1. baseball10

    Is this guy even any good anymore? Seems like its been awhile since i saw anything noteworthy from him other than him getting reinstated yet again and again

    • Thronson5

      Seems like more of just living off what he did that year he went off on the league and high hopes of him finding that again. Not gonna happen. He not that player anymore. Not bad, just not close to as good as he was back then. For me, I feel like he would do better with a pass first offense and a gun slinger of a qb. But apparently none of those teams were interested. Not gonna see him put up but numbers in Seattle when they are a run first offense and spread the ball around on offense. Still, not a bad pick up for Seattle, a big body for red zone targets to throw in the mix.

      • jellbuc

        Yeah but his 80% is better then a lot of other guys in the league. But either way it’s only like a 3 month commitment until his next suspension comes up.

    • Go search one of the best if not the number one catch of last season – “insane finger tip catch” a 58 yard catch from the Wk 15 game vs the Panthers. That should answer your question. Unfortunately that catch ended up being his last catch in a Seahawks uniform…..until this season!

    • InvalidUserID

      He certainly had very good potential, he just hasn’t been able to stay on the field/away from trouble. If he can put it all together with his physical gifts, he can be special. Seahawks don’t need him to be, he’s only being asked to be a #3 receiver and anything else is a bonus.

    • He’s certainly been given a whole pantry full of ingredients this yr! DK, Tyler, PRich, Gordon, Olsen, Dissly, Hollister, even the rookie RB Deejay Dallas is showing off his WR skills in camp!

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Gordon must have a terrific video of Roger Goodell in some very compromising positions.

  3. RockHauler

    Two things,
    First, the over/under is 9 games before he’s either suspended again or released. I’ll take the under.
    Second, amazing that he has had 4 ‘lifetime bans’ and 6 total suspensions and still manages to make it back to playing. The NFL reminds me of that parent that takes away their kids phone for 1 MONTH, but gives it back after 4 hours, cause the kid has ‘learned his lesson’.

    • marshmallowman

      i’d rather talk about Godzilla than josh “oops i did it again” gordon but that’s also true about most subjects

    • Chester Copperpot

      That’s pretty harsh, dude. His brother died, and he smoked some pot (a legal substance in WA). It was against league rules, and he served his suspension for it. You want them to take away his livelihood forever over that?

      I had a beer last night, you want to call my employer?

      • Gordon has done way harder drugs than pot. Goodell and the NFL are acting as an enabler. This guy has serious problems and hes probably not going to be able to escape it unless he gets serious help.

        • compassrose

          I am no Gordon fan he is a player you think OK he is on my team so I have to be happy when he does good. The reason I say this it’s how in the world do you know what drugs he took? You been with him dropping acid smoking pcp? I love how guys act like they know what drugs a guy does. This is not tied to PEDs just recreational. The I didn’t know BS is old.

      • Pats Fan Biff

        Dude, Gordon has been suspended 5 times by the NFL over drug use. Did his brother die 5 times? He also failed a PED test with his habitual chronic use.

        So yah, his number of chances should have been up long ago

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