Josh Gordon is filing for reinstatement, and Pro Football Talk reported on Thursday morning that the veteran wideout is hoping to be cleared by the NFL for the start of training camp. Gordon was suspended indefinitely at the end of last season for violating the league's policies against substances of abuse and performance enhancing substances.
This is a process Gordon is familiar with, having gone down this road on numerous occasions in his career, but there's a little more reason for hope this time around. The new CBA now prevents players from getting suspended for weed use. That should be good news for Gordon. However, Gordon also tested positive for PEDs.
He's sure to get at least a four-game suspension for that part of it, even if he is reinstated. The bottom line is that there's no telling how this will turn out for Gordon and when he'll be cleared to return for game action.
And the reality is that it doesn't really matter for the Seahawks. That's because Seattle should turn the page from Gordon and move forward with who is already on the roster.
Similarly to when the Seahawks claimed him last November, there would be little risk in bringing Gordon back in 2020. He would be cheap, and if things didn't work out, you could simply part ways with him again. The issue is that there might not be much of an upside. In five games with Seattle, Gordon posted a combined seven receptions for 139 yards and no touchdowns. He struggled with knee injuries throughout last season, and prior to joining the Seahawks, he was waived by the New England Patriots.
Additionally, there's a greater opportunity cost to giving Gordon a chance in 2020. Whereas the Seahawks were desperate for help at receiver last season, there's much more promise on the roster this time around. Seattle signed Phillip Dorsett, a player New England kept in favor of Gordon last year, who should serve as the team's No. 3 receiver behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. The Seahawks also have to figure out what they have in John Ursua, Stephen Sullivan and Freddie Swain. That will be harder to do with Gordon on the roster.
Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for Josh Gordon. I think he's a good person, and by all accounts, he's a fantastic teammate. I really hope that he'll be able to get back in the NFL and stick around as he's still just 29.
But I think the Seahawks have enough intrigue on the roster to pass on Gordon this time around.