Friday afternoon, the NFL announced that they are reinstating WR Josh Gordon, and he will be eligible to play as soon as Week 4.
NFL informed suspended former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon that it is reinstating him, sources tell ESPN. Gordon is expected to be eligible to play as early as Week 4.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2021
Josh Gordon’s new agent @ZacHiller from @LAASportsEnt: “We are grateful that the NFL appreciates the work that Josh put in and now he has earned another opportunity to be part of this league. We are proud of Josh, and I know all the fans can’t wait to see him on Sundays.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2021
Gordon last played in 2019 for the Seahawks where he hauled in seven catches for 139 yards over the course of five games before he was suspended again for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was expected to return from suspension in December of 2020 before having a setback in his recovery, and the Seahawks didn’t re-sign him this offseason. His best season came with the Cleveland Browns in 2013, when he racked up a NFL-best 1,646 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns on 87 receptions in 14 games.
Will the Seahawks take another chance on the former All-Pro? It is almost certain that Russell Wilson will lobby for it, and it’s unlikely he will cost much more than the league minimum. So, probably something to keep an eye on.
Seattle travels to San Francisco for their first showdown of the year with the 49ers in Week 4, the first week that Gordon could be available if he re-signs.