Josh Gordon Rumors: Seahawks Interested in New Contract If WR Reinstated

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2020

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) sets up against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Frequently suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement, a person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press, Thursday, June 18, 2020. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL does not publicly announce such moves.  (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
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The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly interested in signing Josh Gordon if the NFL reinstates the wide receiver.

John Clayton of 710 ESPN reported the Seahawks plan to pursue Gordon, who would be be an unrestricted free agent. Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and substances of abuse.

The former Pro Bowler applied for reinstatement in June.

Gordon spent a little over a month with the Seahawks last season after being waived by the New England Patriots, recording seven receptions for 139 yards in five games. 

The 2013 NFL leader in receiving yards, Gordon has been limited to just 33 games over the last six seasons after violations of the league's substance abuse policy. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons while suspended and has not made it through a full NFL season without a substance-related suspension since 2012.

Adam Kenner, Gordon's attorney, said his positive test last season was the result of a relapse after the death of his brother. 

"Josh had a lapse because of his brother's death," Kenner told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. "But since that time, he has realized how important it is for him to take the right steps, do what's proper and understand how to manage these issues. He's installed the right team around him to make sure he's on the right path. He understands he’s been given every chance. He looks forward to making the most of this."

The Seahawks, who have also been linked to Antonio Brown, have been exploring adding a high-upside wideout to complement DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett on the outside.