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What signing Josh Gordon means for other Seahawks receivers

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The Seahawks have re-signed Josh Gordon, according to his agent David Canter.

Gordon, still just 29, caught seven passes for 139 yards in five games with the Seahawks in 2019.

The move isn't a surprise as it was well known that both sides were open to a reunion. However, the timing is a bit curious. Gordon is still serving an indefinite suspension and is awaiting word on his bid for reinstatement into the NFL. The league is yet to make a decision on Gordon's future.

Let's assume that the NFL still hasn't made up its mind on Gordon. Why would Seattle sign him now in the last week of camp rather than bring him in at the beginning of August?

That question makes it far more likely the Seahawks received new information that made the team willing to pull the trigger and sign Gordon. That may be a wink and a nod on how long any additional suspension will be or an outright indication that Gordon's reinstatement is imminent.

Regardless, the addition of Gordon will have a trickle down effect on the roster at some point. He'll currently move to the suspended list when cuts are made, but he'll eventually take someone's spot upon his reinstatement. David Moore seems to be the most likely candidate.

Ian Rapoport reported that Gordon was given a one-year deal with "some upside" to get him over $1 million in 2020.

Meanwhile, Moore is scheduled to make $2.1 million on his tender. Seattle can save all that money by cutting him this week without a single dollar of dead money. The Seahawks must view Gordon as an upgrade over Moore, and likely Phillip Dorsett and Paul Richardson for that matter, otherwise they wouldn't bother bringing him in as their No. 6 receiver.

 

Paying Moore more than Dorsett ($887,000) and Gordon combined doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Richardson is also making the veteran minimum. They could always cut Moore and then sign him later at a cheaper cost, something they did earlier in the offseason with Branden Jackson. John Ursua and Freddie Swain's potential roster spots are now more tenuous as well.

The more pressing concern is when we might see Gordon back on the field in a Seahawks uniform. Given the timing of him signing back with Seattle, that news could be coming soon.