Star wide receiver Josh Gordon has had his struggles with injuries this season as a nagging knee injury forced him to miss Week 7 action. It has now landed him on the season-ending injured reserve, which looks to have signaled the end of his time with the New England Patriots. With that in mind, here are three teams that should go and make a move to land Gordon.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Over the first seven weeks of the season, the Colts have been one of the pleasant surprises in the league.
Indianapolis has continued to experience success despite Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement in August, as Jacoby Brissett has proven to be the real deal under center. He has made strong use of his receiving core, but the team has a notable need for a big-bodied target in their wide receiver core.
Gordon would make an excellent fit playing on the outside opposite of T.Y. Hilton, giving them two bonafide deep-threat options. He is also one of the top red-zone targets that could ramp up the Colts offense to the next level.
The Colts haven’t been a significant player in the trade market, but a deal to give them another star wide receiver will ramp up their chances of securing the AFC South division title.
2. New York Jets
It has been a tough start to the season for the Jets that has seen them drop five out of their first six games played.
The bulk of their issues have come offensively, ranking last in the league in passing. Granted, second-year quarterback Sam Darnold has missed the majority of the season due to mono; things are still very clearly a work in progress, especially after Darnold threw four interceptions against the Patriots.
The addition of Gordon would be a tremendous step in the right direction as he could become their top receiving option. It will allow for Robby Anderson to slide into the role as their deep-ball threat, making him a more dangerous threat in the passing attack.
That would also open the door for Le’Veon Bell to be utilized in a more significant fashion as a more effective offensive weapon, with teams having to game plan for Gordon as well. The playoffs may be out of the picture, but adding the former Pro Bowl wideout would give them another piece to build with for the long haul alongside Darnold and Bell.
1. Oakland Raiders
Since the departure of Antonio Brown, the Raiders have had an obvious need to address their wide receiver position.
Oakland has found a diamond in the rough with tight end Darren Waller, who has put forth a breakout year that has earned him a lucrative extension with the team. Rookie running back Josh Jacobs has been a major factor currently ranking eighth in the league in rushing, but there is a missing element to the offense.
Tyrell Williams is the team’s biggest threat from the wide receiver position with just 17 catches for 216 receiving yards but does have four touchdowns. Williams has proven to be a highly capable factor in the passing game, but he hasn’t shown that he can be a legitimate No.1 option.
Gordon could immediately step in to provide that for the Raiders while helping them avoid putting to waste their solid start to the season. What also plays into this being a more feasible option is that the 28-year-old could be had on a relatively inexpensive deal.
It simply makes too much sense for the Raiders to pass up on the opportunity to land a star wideout in Gordon if the possibility is there for them.