BRENT STECKER

Seahawks add former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon on waiver claim

Nov 1, 2019, 2:34 PM
Seahawks WR Josh Gordon...
Josh Gordon won't make his Seahawks debut until after their game against Tampa Bay. (AP)
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The Seahawks have added an All-Pro talent to quarterback Russell Wilson’s stable of receivers.

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Josh Gordon, a talented 28-year-old wide receiver with a checkered past in the league but an All-Pro season under his belt, has been claimed by Seattle after being waived by the New England Patriots earlier in the week.

Gordon was released off the Patriots’ injured reserve, where he had been since suffering a left knee injury on Oct. 10. Because he had been placed on IR with a minor designation, which means a lesser injury, he had to be released when he returned to health.

This season, Gordon has 20 receptions for 287 yards and a touchdown. He averages 14.4 yards per catch.

Gordon has always been followed by questions, mainly for his violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to a violation and was suspended again indefinitely in December 2018 for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement by the league. That suspension was lifted in August.

The Seahawks claimed Gordon despite being 28th on the waiver wire, meaning 27 teams passed on Gordon before Seattle picked him up.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the move during his press conference Friday, and noted that Gordon won’t play until at least next week considering he won’t have a chance to practice with Seattle ahead of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

“He’s a unique talent,” Carroll said. “… He’s a big-play guy and can stretch the field.”

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Gordon had 737 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 41 catches in 2018 for New England (11 games) and Cleveland (one game). In his breakout sophomore season of 2013, he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards, 117.6 yards per game and a season-long 95-yard reception. He had nine touchdowns on 87 catches that year.

Gordon will join a Seahawks receiving corps led by Tyler Lockett and rookie DK Metcalf. Seattle may also get tight end Ed Dickson back from injured reserve as soon as Sunday.

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