It now feels like Josh Gordon's return to Seattle is inevitable at this point. John Clayton of 710 ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Seahawks will try to re-sign Josh Gordon as long as he's reinstated by the NFL.
Report: Seahawks want to re-sign Josh Gordon if league reinstates him https://t.co/4rgTmjUmTr— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 22, 2020
Gordon is currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating league's substance abuse policy and performance enhancing substances policy. It marked the fifth time Gordon has been suspended, but the 29-year-old is seeking reinstatement once again. That decision is expected to come within the next week.
It has always made sense that Seattle would be interested in bringing Gordon back. He'd be cheap, and it's not like the Seahawks are loaded at receiver outside of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Gordon posted seven receptions for 139 yards in five games with Seattle in 2019 prior to getting suspended. He had a few clutch third-down catches in a Week 10 win against the 49ers, and his signature play was a diving 58-yard reception against the Panthers in Week 15.
Gordon expressed how much he enjoyed being in Seattle, and his teammates shared similar sentiments in regard to having him on the roster. On Wednesday, Gordon posted a picture of Seattle's skyline with the caption, "Imma juss leave this here and be quiet."
Josh Gordon, seemingly hopeful to make a return to the Seahawks a reality.... pic.twitter.com/YPqqINJrtH— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 22, 2020
The one caveat to bringing back Gordon is that there's more of an opportunity cost this time around. Seattle is no longer desperate for his services, especially if his production is as modest as it was in 2019. The Seahawks have several young receivers who they still don't know much about yet, namely second-year slot receiver John Ursua. Now, who knows if Ursua is the real deal, but signing Gordon would likely limit Ursua's opportunities in 2020.
At this point, again with the assumption that Gordon gets reinstated by the league office, count on seeing Gordon with the Seahawks this season.