What Josh Gordon's reinstatement means for the Seahawks in 2020


With the news of Josh Gordon's reinstatement, you may be wondering what that means for the Seahawks in 2020, particularly as it pertains to the team's goal of reaching the Super Bowl.

In short, it doesn't mean a whole lot. Gordon doesn't single-handedly elevate Seattle's ceiling as a contender.

But it's still good news for Seattle. Gordon adds welcomed depth at wide receiver, especially given the injury to Phillip Dorsett, who may not play at all this season due to a foot injury. Gordon will primarily serve as an insurance policy in case Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf or David Moore get injured and are forced to miss time.

He'll get to begin the COVID-intake protocol on Friday and begin working out at the VMAC once he's cleared. Assuming he's in good enough shape when he can begin practicing on Dec. 21, he could have a small role immediately in Week 16 against the Rams. That role would look similar to the one he had in his five games with the Seahawks last season.

Gordon caught seven passes for 139 yards in those five games, but several of his receptions were clutch third-down conversions. That's likely what Seattle would hope to get out of him this time around as well.

Should he perform well down the stretch and through the duration of Seattle's playoff run, he may earn another contract next season. Gordon is currently signed to a one-year deal and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.