Seahawks claim Josh Gordon off waivers

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The Seattle Seahawks have claimed wide receiver Josh Gordon off waivers following his release off injured reserve by the New England Patriots.

The first hint of this move came by way of his agent, who tweeted a very excited message Friday afternoon.

Shortly afterward, Josina Anderson of ESPN shared that Gordon had been claimed off waivers but that the team claiming him was waiting to announce the move due to another roster move, which had not yet been made.

Not long after that, Ian Rapoport announced that Gordon had been claimed by the Seahawks.

Gordon is healthy and passed his physical in New England before being released. He’s one of the league’s most talented receivers and has never failed to produce when on the field. Playing in 58 career games, Gordon has caught 240 passes for 4,113 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Needless to say, he landed in an incredible spot. He should make a big impact in Seattle’s offense, which already has two big-time playmakers in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.

Though, Pete Carroll made it clear after the news broke that Gordon will not play on Sunday.

The big question mark throughout Gordon’s career, of course, has been off-field issues. He has been suspended by the NFL multiple times due to substance abuse, missing most of the 2014 season, and all of both the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to suspensions.

Gordon signed a one-year deal with the Patriots prior to the 2019 season and is due to make just under $1 million the rest of the season. With that in mind, this represents a very low-risk move by the Seahawks with half a season left to play.