Josh Gordon's Agent Says 9 Teams Were Interested Before Seahawks Claimed WR

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2019

England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is assisted from the field after an injury in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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While the Seattle Seahawks were the only team to put a waiver claim on Josh Gordon, nine more teams were apparently interested if the wideout cleared waivers.

Agent David Canter told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio that nine teams reached out hoping to work Gordon out and give him a physical to test his injured knee. The Seahawks, who were 28th on the waiver order, claimed Gordon and his $2 million salary without a physical.

The New England Patriots waived Gordon off injured reserve last week. They had placed him there in part so he would be subject to the waiver process and thus ostensibly keeping him away from a Super Bowl contender. The plan didn't work, as it appears all but one team was wary about clearing a roster spot for Gordon without checking out his health.

The 28-year-old has been dealing with a nagging knee issue for weeks and hasn't been the explosive downfield playmaker many expected. He recorded just 20 receptions for 287 yards and a touchdown in six games with the Patriots.

"He's a unique talent, and next week we'll take a look and see what he looks like," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Gordon. "He's done a lot of good stuff and made a lot of good plays, so we'll find out more next week… He's just a unique player. I've said it a million times to you guys that we're always looking for guys who have something special about him. But we need to find out, so we'll take a look next week and see what that means."

The Seahawks could utilize Gordon in the role currently occupied in the offense by rookie DK Metcalf, who has made 23 grabs for 402 yards and four touchdowns this season. Russell Wilson is more of a capable downfield passer than the 2019 version of Tom Brady, so this could be a better fit for Gordon's skill set.

Canter did not name any of the other teams interested.