The Kansas City Chiefs are less than nine months removed from a Super Bowl thumping against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And the start of the 2021 NFL season has not been too kind to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs as they dropped to 1-2 after a tough loss against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead this past Sunday. Nonetheless, things never look dull for Kansas City as long as Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill wear red helmets. Now the Chiefs have brought in troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon after the NFL once again reinstated him.
With a team that lacks depth after the two stars, this move could pay off in a big way. On the other hand, the signing of Gordon does come with its fair share of risks.
Josh Gordon to the Chiefs could be a massive success
On Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Josh Gordon was signing a deal with the Chiefs and would join the practice squad until he could get up to game speed. Gordon, of course, has been in and out of the NFL time and time again and now gets a shot with Mahomes and the two-time defending AFC champions.
On the surface, the signing of Gordon makes a ton of sense for Andy Reid’s team. Besides Hill and Kelce, the pass-catching options are minimal. Sammy Watkins left town and joined the Baltimore Ravens, and Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle have been underwhelming at best. Demarcus Robinson is the other option for the Chiefs, and that trio has combined for just 22 catches on the year.
Whether or not Gordon could return to his Pro Bowl days back with the Cleveland Browns is highly doubtful, but perhaps he could give Mahomes a genuine third option on the offense.
Kansas City signing Gordon is also a huge risk
The signing of Gordon is certainly an interesting one given his suspension history.
The first suspension was before the 2013 season for two games, and in 2014 he was suspended for the entire season after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
At this point, Gordon has been suspended five different times, with the most recent instance taking place in December 2019 while with the Seattle Seahawks. He then headed to the Fan Controlled Football league (FCF) and teamed up with Johnny Manziel for the league’s inaugural campaign.
Gordon just has not been able to stay in the league for very long after bouncing around from the Browns to the New England Patriots and then to the Seattle Seahawks with suspensions galore.
Yes, the risk is there for the Chiefs, but the talent of Gordon is obvious.
All eyes on the defending AFC champs once again
The Chiefs know what they are getting with Gordon and his lengthy list of suspensions and reinstatements. It is a low-risk, high-reward signing for both parties.
Hopefully, Gordon has gotten the help he needs and can stick around the NFL for more than just a few games. If he can remain on the field and in the NFL, the Chiefs could very well get another talented player on their roster as they try to do whatever it takes to get back to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season.
The former Pro Bowler is far removed from his glory days but is somehow only 30 years old and could still provide some excellent depth at the position.
If Gordon gets suspended again, this is a lost cause for the Chiefs and would likely be the final nail in the coffin of Gordon’s career. On the other hand, this is a perfect opportunity for Gordon to get his footing, and being paired with Mahomes, Hill, and Kelce is undoubtedly a nice, comfortable way to make a return to the NFL.
All eyes are on the Chiefs and Gordon, and he should be ready to play sooner rather than later.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference