Seahawks bring back WR Josh Gordon
Earlier in the offseason, Russell Wilson had hinted at Seattle inquiring about star free agent wide receiver, Antonio Brown. After Seattle’s exit in last year’s playoffs, Wilson made it clear to management that he wanted help on the offensive side of the ball. While Wilson someone manages to put up MVP numbers year after year without star talent around him, it would be nice if he was surrounded by more weaponry.
The Seahawks offense last year featured a double headed dragon at running back with Chris Carson and Rashard Penny who were showing promise until both suffered season ending injuries. The wide receiver group included Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, David Moore, Malik Turner and John Brown. Tight end Will Dissly started the year but suffered another season ending injury which resulted in Jacob Hollister getting most of the snaps at the tight end position. Later in the year, the Seahawks brought back Luke Wilson.
This offseason, Seattle signed WR Phillip Dorsett, TE Greg Olsen and HB Carlos Hyde. Both Olsen and Hyde will serve as viable options in the case that Dissly and/or Carson/Penny get hurt again. In fact, Rashard Penny is starting off the year on the PUP list and will not start playing until week 6 or 7. Seattle also brought back Paul Richardson, only to cut him later on when they decided to resign Josh Gordon.
Last year, Josh Gordan was suspended for the sixth time violating the league’s substance abuse policy in December. Gordon played briefly with Seattle but was targeted on crucial downs in crucial games. If you remember on Monday Night Football when the Seahawks faced off against the San Francisco 49ers, in overtime on a huge 3rd down, Wilson hit Gordon on a slant that furthered the drive. Gordons biggest play of the year came on a bomb against the Carolina Panthers. He showed promise in the few games he played.
During his 5-game tenure in Seattle, Gordan reeled in 7 targets for 139 yards and no touchdowns. Gordon did not see much playing time when he first arrived in Seattle since he was being introduced to a new offensive system. By the time he got accustomed to it and saw more snaps, he was suspended.
On September 3rd, it was announced that Seattle was expecting to bring back Josh Gordon, adding yet another WR to a loaded depth chart. This year’s Seattle wide receiving core will feature Tyler Lockett, an improved sophomore in DK Metcalf, Phillip Dorsett, David Moore, and now, Josh Gordon. But, the unique part about this signing is that Gordon has not yet been reinstated into the league.
CBS Sports reports that while Gordon was resigned by Seattle, he cannot start practicing with the team until he is officially reinstated into the league. This means that Gordon will not be active for Seattle’s Week 1 game in which they head down to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. In fact, no one knows when he will be officially taking the field again.
Coach Carroll touched upon the issue when he was on Pro Football Talk:
“Really right now we don’t have any indication. We don’t have word on that we’ve, obviously, tried to find out but we have no word from the league yet. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Pete Carroll displayed optimism in that they hope to have him soon and my guess is, he will be back sooner rather than later. After his suspension last year, Gordon stayed in the Seattle area and continued to work out and train with the hopes of attaining another job in the league. Gordon continues to find landing spots after being suspended and if you haven’t figured it out, it causes he’s extremely talented.
Gordon has seemed to find peace in the Pacific Northwest. I certainly wish nothing but the best for him and I am excited to see him suit up with the Seahawks for the 2020 season.