It looks as if Josh Gordon will get to play football again.
The suspended Seattle Seahawks wide receiver has joined the Fan Controlled Football league’s Zappers franchise, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former veteran NFL WR Josh Gordon will be returning to play football for the @fcfzappers of the @fcflio, per team owner @BobMenery; who also signed Johnny Manziel to the league.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2021
The FCF was founded in 2017 but didn’t launch until 2021. It’s an indoor league that is streamed on Twitch and fans can call the plays, control the team through drafting players, and there is celebrity team ownership. Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman have ownership stakes on separate teams, and Zappers is part-owned by New York Mets pitcher Trevor May, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, gamer celebrity Ronnie 2K, and comedian/sportscaster/social media personality Bob Menery.
Gordon’s struggles with substance abuse have resulted in numerous NFL suspensions, including two full seasons from 2015-2016. When he joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2019, he racked up 7 catches for 139 yards before he was suspended for both substance abuse and PED violations that December. He was set to be on the Seahawks active roster this past December, only for the league to suspend him again for breaking the terms of his conditional reinstatement. He’s a free agent on March 17th so one would assume that he won’t be re-signed by the team, and it’s possible that any punishment levied against Gordon by the NFL may effectively end his career.
No word yet on when Gordon will make his FCF debut, but it’s very short-term considering the league is already two games into its six-game season. At least it’s some way for him to get back on the football field and make some money.
Here’s a taste of what FCF looks like: