The Seattle Seahawks claimed former New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon off waivers Friday, one day after being released off injured reserve by the Patriots.
“The Seahawks have claimed former Patriots WR Josh Gordon, source said,” NFL insider Ian Rapoport. “QB Russell Wilson gets his wish.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2019
For Gordon, it’s a fresh start in a place he wants to be with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson playing at a MVP level.
Gordon, 28, had 20 receptions (on 36 targets) for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games with the Patriots this season. He was surprisingly placed on injured reserve this week and then waived, allowing Seattle to place a claim on him.
Coach Pete Carroll admitted he was surprised Gordon wasn’t claimed by someone else, but he is more than happy to add a player with his “unique talent.”
Gordon was an All-Pro back in 2013, when he led the league with 1,646 receiving yards and caught nine touchdowns. However, he missed two consecutive seasons in 2015-2016 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and he’s only managed to play in 23 games since then due to injuries and further issues with substance abuse.
Still, a healthy Gordon gives the Seahawks an immediate boost in the receiver room, and provides quarterback Russell Wilson with another deep threat in the offense.