It has been a rough patch for Swide receiver Josh Gordon over the last few seasons as he has dealt with personal issues that have led him to be suspended by the league on six different occasions. Gordon is serving an indefinite ban, but there are reports that he wants to make his way back to the NFL yet again to continue his career. With that in mind, it begs the question about he would potentially fit if he were to get cleared to play next what his role would be with the Seattle Seahawks.
Josh Gordon eyeing 2020 season return
It has been nothing short of a bumpy path for Gordon to stay on the field as he has had a couple of personal situations flare up that led to him being suspended yet again by the NFL.
Gordon was last suspended on Dec. 16 for violating the league’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. Since then, he has stayed on the path of preparing for a return back to the league, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon intends to play in 2020 as he works his way back from indefinite suspension, according to a source.
Although the NFL has taken suspension from marijuana use off the table, he is still held to the previous rules for his reinstatement. If Gordon can get clearance from the league, he would become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
At the same time, the 28-year-old has voiced a desire to return to the Seahawks if the opportunity presents itself upon his reinstatement. If that route presents itself, here’s how he could fit into Seattle’s offensive scheme.
Josh Gordon’s role in Seahawks’ offense
When the Seahawks added Gordon last season, it was hoped that he could build his way toward a prominent role in the passing game.
However, that didn’t prove to be a significant factor as he had seven catches on 11 targets for 139 receiving yards in five games played. Gordon demonstrated big-play ability, but there was a clear need to develop strong chemistry on the field so that he could have a more extensive role in the offense.
That saw rookie wideout DK Metcalf came into his own as the possibly the most prominent receiving asset as he tallied 58 catches for 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Metcalf also set a league rookie record with 160 receiving yards in the wild-card round win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Meanwhile, Tyler Lockett should also factor in significantly to the passing game as another deep-ball threat. The offseason addition of former Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen should present a stable role for him as one of Russell Wilson’s preferred targets, especially in the red zone.
Gordon will have his chance to find his spot in the offense, but it’s one that he will likely have to find his niche to contribute their talented group of receiving threats.
Will the Seahawks pursue Josh Gordon?
It may just be a matter of time before Gordon gets his chance to return to the NFL at some point for the 2020 season.
If he does get reinstated, this may be his last chance to prove he can stay on the right track off the field. The Seahawks will be one of the teams that express their interest in him as they already have a feel for what he can bring to the table.
Wilson will likely be a proponent to re-signing Gordon to give their offense another weapon. Only time will tell if he will get that chance to prove himself in the NFL again.