Seahawks sign receiver Josh Gordon and receivers are now a strength
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed Josh Gordon for the 2020 season.
On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks announced they have re-signed receiver Josh Gordon pending his reinstatement. There are two obvious things about Josh Gordon. One is he does get suspended a lot. The second, and hopefully more important in 2020, is that he is a complete freak when it comes to being able to catch the football.
In 2019, Gordon played in five games with the Seahawks and had a total of 11 targets. Assuming he gets reinstated, which appears to be fairly safe since the NFL has a now-kinder approach towards marijuana – a drug that Gordon has allegedly taken in the past leading to several suspensions in the NFL – Gordon will join a group of Seahawks receivers that includes D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and the recently signed Paul Richardson.
Seattle might be likely to keep six receivers at this point which would include the group above and also Phillip Dorsett and maybe John Ursua. Both Dorsett and Ursua are slot receivers while Lockett, Metcalf, Richardson and Gordon are not.
The bottom line for the Seahawks
But the bottom line to all this is Russell Wilson wanted to add more weapons to the Seahawks offense this year, probably to the entire team, and he now has them. Besides the receivers, Wilson can throw to tight ends Greg Olsen and Will Dissly. Out of the backfield, Wilson can throw to Chris Carson or Carlos Hyde. At skill position, the Seahawks are now loaded for 2020.
Gordon’s contract is yet fully known, but according to a tweet from Ian Rapoport, Gordon will agree to a one-year contract that with incentives will push him north of $1 million. Likely, one part of the incentives is for Gordon not to get suspended again.
If Gordon is able to play most of a full season – he could still get a two-game ban at the start of 2020 from the NFL – then the Seahawks will have a strength of the team at receiver. Russell Wilson wanted weapons this year and Seattle has appeased him.