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NFL rumors: Seahawks will try to re-sign Josh Gordon if reinstated

NFL rumors: Seahawks will try to re-sign Josh Gordon if reinstated

The Seattle Seahawks know Russell Wilson can take just about any roster they put around him and make it a playoff contender. But they also know that in order to truly contend with the 49ers atop the NFC West, Wilson will need more weapons.

That's why the Seahawks reportedly had shown at least some interest in Antonio Brown before he "retired" via Twitter again, and that's why would like to re-sign Josh Gordon should he be reinstated by the NFL, KIRO-AM's John Clayton reported Tuesday.

The NFL indefinitely suspended Gordon, 29, in December for violating the league's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. It was Gordon's fifth league suspension since 2013. He applied for reinstatement in June. Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to make a decision on Gordon's reinstatement within the next week or two, per Clayton. If Gordon is reinstated, Goodell then will have to decide how many games, if any, Gordon will be suspended for.

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Gordon played six games for the New England Patriots and Seahawks last season. In five games for the Seahawks, Gordon caught seven passes for 139 yards, including two catches for 27 yards in the Seahawks' Week 10 win over the 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

While Gordon isn't the top-tier receiver he was during his days with the Cleveland Browns. the 29-year-old still is a talented player who would fit in nicely as the Seahawks' No. 3 receiver behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. The Seahawks did add Phillip Dorsett this offseason, but he tallied just two games with more than four catches for the Patriots in 2019.

The 49ers enter 2020 with a roster that is loaded with talent and prepared to win now, and the Seahawks face an overall talent dedficit. Wilson can help make up for most of the gap, but the Seahawks know more firepower is needed to close the gap on their division rival.

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The Seahawks of old are gone. The vaunted Legion of Boom defense has been dismantled and cast aside. Wilson has kept the Seahawks in the playoff picture while coach Pete Carroll has tried to rebuild on the other side of the ball. The Seahawks do boast a good secondary, and linebacker Bobby Wagner is a tackling machine. But their pass rush, especially if Jadeveon Clowney doesn't return, needs a lot of work and their offensive line is an amalgam of journeymen and former first-round picks who haven't lived up to their billing. 

Wilson still has a good 1-2 receiving duo in Metcalf and Lockett, but adding Gordon could be important to their NFC West hopes. Relying on Dorsett and David Moore to be the No. 3 and No. 4 is a dicey proposition, as it leaves the Seahawks one injury to Lockett or Metcalf away from serious trouble.

Gordon no longer is the star he once was, but he remains a solid NFL receiver when healthy and would give Wilson another weapon as the Seahawks look to find a way to close to the gap on the 49ers in the division.

How 49ers' dominance has instilled fear in Seahawks, rest of NFC West

How 49ers' dominance has instilled fear in Seahawks, rest of NFC West

The Seattle Seahawks reportedly were having internal discussions about signing talented, but controversial free-agent wide receivers Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon as recently as this week.

Regardless of how you would view those potential signings, it's difficult to deny that they lend even more weight to Colin Cowherd's theory about the 49ers' dominance.

Essentially, Cowherd believes the recent major moves the other teams in the NFC West have made have been in direct response to San Francisco's ascendance. 

"I think the San Francisco 49ers are so formidable," Cowherd said Wednesday on "The Herd," "that it is forcing everybody in their division -- Seattle, the L.A. Rams and Arizona -- to take big swings. 

"When you wake up in the morning in that division and you look at San Francisco, you see what appears to be the best young coach in the NFL, the best tight end in the NFL, the best defensive line -- and most are really, really young and getting better. You have a better-than-average young franchise quarterback that could be there for 10 years, and a front office that appears to know what they're doing. It's scary."

Last season, the Seahawks signed Gordon off waivers in the week before their first matchup with the 49ers. San Francisco was undefeated (8-0) at the time. A few weeks prior, the Rams paid a king's ransom in trading for cornerback Jalen Ramsey. And earlier this offseason, the Cardinals traded for All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins after the 49ers nearly won the Super Bowl.

While all of those players are extremely talented in their own right, Cowherd doesn't view the timing of those transactions as random. Rather, he sees them as attempts by those teams to do what they can to prevent the gap between them and San Francisco from growing any further. He equated it to the SEC's reaction to Alabama coach Nick Saban's dominance and the AFC East's response to the New England Patriots' superiority.

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"San Francisco's not going away," Cowherd continued. "They just gave Kyle Shanahan another extension. [Jimmy] Garoppolo got to a Super Bowl in his first full year -- he's 21-5 -- as a starter. [Nick] Bosa is better than we thought he would be in the NFL. George Kittle is unguardable, and all those young receivers like Deebo [Samuel] appear to be getting better by the game.

"So I think at some point, there's a Niner fear in that division. You better take some big cuts and big swings and big chances, or you're gonna be buried by that Niner avalanche for a long time."

The 49ers deservedly have a target on their backs in the NFC West. That likely will only add to the challenge of getting back to the Super Bowl, but you can be sure any of their divisional opponents gladly would trade places.

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NFL rumors: Seahawks having 'internal discussions' about Antonio Brown

NFL rumors: Seahawks having 'internal discussions' about Antonio Brown

The 49ers edged the Seattle Seahawks by literal inches in the NFC West last season, clinching the division title -- and the NFC's top seed -- because of Dre Greenlaw's last-second tackle in Week 17.

Seattle could try to bridge that gap by bringing in Antonio Brown, as NFL Media's Mike Silver reported Tuesday that the Seahawks are having "internal discussions" about potentially signing the wide receiver.

"I would keep an eye on the Seattle Seahawks," Silver said Tuesday. "Antonio Brown's been doing some offseason workouts with their backup quarterback Geno Smith. They are absolutely interested in having him potentially as a late-season addition, assuming there's a suspension."

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo followed up Silver's report, noting there's a "strong sense" the Seahawks will "take a chance" on Brown or Josh Gordon. Gordon joined Seattle last season, playing just five games before the NFL indefinitely suspended him for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Brown is under NFL investigation, and the 31-year-old could be suspended for multiple possible violations of the NFL's personal-conduct policy. He pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges this month, and the New England Patriots released him in September after Brown sent threatening text messages to a woman who accused him of making an unwanted sexual advance. The unnamed Pittsburgh artist came forward to Sports Illustrated after Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a lawsuit accusing him of rape.

The receiver played just one game last season, joining the Patriots after the Raiders granted him his release. Brown caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in his one game with New England. He made at least one of the Pro Bowl or First Team All-Pro in the prior six seasons, catching at least 100 passes for 1,200 yards and eight TDs in each.

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Brown played at an elite level much more recently than Gordon, but Brown also turns 32 next month and his off-field actions over the last two years should be more than enough to make teams wary. The receiver reportedly has an admirer in Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, however, which can't be ignored amid Seattle's continued links.

Whether or not Brown can shift the balance of power in the NFC West this season depends on how close he can come to replicating his 2018 performance, let alone his All-Pro form. Brown's effectiveness really won't be known until he plays another NFL game, so the 49ers shouldn't be all that concerned him joining a rival before he returns to the field.

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