For better or worse, Seahawks sign Josh Gordon
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks needed help at receiver. On Friday, Seattle signed oft-suspended but extremely talented Josh Gordon. Will he be good for Seattle?
Russell Wilson wanted Josh Gordon to come play with the Seahawks. If he didn’t, Gordon would not have been picked up by Seattle, but he was. On Friday, Seattle grabbed Gordon off of waivers after he was released by the New England Patriots.
Picking up Gordon brings a large amount of risk and Gordon has been suspended numerous times during his career. He missed all of 2015 and 2016 and hasn’t played a full season since his rookie year of 2012. Some of that is injuries but mostly it was because Gordon struggled with drugs.
A lot of people who have played with Gordon previously, like linebacker Mychal Kendricks, say Gordon is not a bad guy. Gordon hasn’t been a problem in the locker room or violent off the field, but he simply hasn’t been in the locker room enough.
Gordon has great size and speed, though. He is six-foot-three-inches and 225 pounds. In a way, all his suspensions should have kept him relatively fresh for a few years. He hasn’t taken a beating and is still just 28 years old. If he can show up and stay clean, he will help Wilson and the Seattle offense.
Best case scenario, Gordon is productive and helps relieve attention on Tyler Lockett. Gordon is a free agent after the season and Seattle might choose to re-sign him. But if Gordon stays clean and on the field and leaves via free agency after the year, Seattle can pick up a compensatory pick. It’s a win-win for the Seahawks.
Let’s hope that personally and professionally Gordon is successful. If he is, he will be better off and so will the Seahawks. If things don’t work out like Seattle hopes, though, Gordon could be released in a few weeks and seen as a bad investment.