Seahawks re-sign WR Josh Gordon as he seeks NFL reinstatement
According to multiple reports, the Seahawks are adding yet another former wide receiver to their roster less than two weeks before Week 1, as just a few days after bringing back former second-round pick Paul Richardson, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter are reporting that Josh Gordon, who is currently suspended but seeking reinstatement, will be returning to Seattle. Gordon’s agent, David Canter of DEC Management, confirmed the signing on Twitter and later on Thursday, the Seahawks confirmed that Gordon was returning to the team.
— DEC Management (@davidcanter) September 3, 2020
Gordon, 29, joined the Seahawks after starting the 2019 season with the Patriots, who waived him partway through the year. He joined Seattle and played his first game in the Week 10 overtime thriller where the Seahawks beat the then-undefeated San Francisco 49ers. In that game, Gordon had two catches.
But Gordon, after starting to carve out a role on offense, was suspended indefinitely after the Seahawks’ Week 15 win in Carolina against the Panthers for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse, which was his fifth suspension of the sort. In five games for the Seahawks, Gordon had seven catches for 139 yards.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) December 15, 2019
Throughout the offseason, Gordon has posted photos and videos of him working out in the Seattle area, and on his Twitter account has posted about how much he likes the Pacific Northwest. According to Schefter, Gordon was training in the Seattle area while waiting to be reinstated by the NFL and the Seahawks were “waiting for him.”
Gordon applied for reinstatement earlier this offseason, but before Thursday, there hadn’t been much news pertaining to the 2013 First-Team All-Pro. Fowler reported that the reinstatement process is going well and that talks between the Seahawks and Gordon “got cranking” on Wednesday and Thursday.
Josh Gordon deal now done, per @davidcanter. I'm told his reinstatement process is going very well and so Seattle got cranking on this yesterday and this morning.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 3, 2020
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had the contract details for the reported signing.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2020
It’s unclear if Gordon has been reinstated even though the Seahawks confirmed the signing, but regardless, he will be joining a crowded wide receiver room in Seattle. Currently, there are 12 receivers on the roster not including Gordon. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are the No. 1 and 2 receivers on the roster and the Seahawks signed Phillip Dorsett early in the offseason to be a deep threat. After those three, the other eight and now Gordon appear to be fighting to make the active roster, though Gordon would likely make the team. Typically, the Seahawks carry five or six receivers.
The other receivers currently on the roster are Richardson, David Moore, 2019 seventh-round pick John Ursua, 2020 sixth-round pick John Ursua, 2019 practice squad members Cody Thompson and Penny Hart, 2020 undrafted rookie and Aaron Fuller and the recently signed Lance Lenoir.