Today, the seemingly inevitable reunion moved a step closer…
Free-agent WR Josh Gordon submitted his letter applying for reinstatement Wednesday, source said.
Still only 29, Gordon has been in Seattle, running routes and preparing for his return. The hope is to get his indefinite suspension lifted in time for training camp.
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“But since that time, he has realized how important it is for him to take the right steps, do what’s proper and understand how to manage these issues. He’s installed the right team around him to make sure he’s on the right path. He understands he’s been given every chance. He looks forward to making the most of this.”
Clearly this is a plausible explanation for someone who has had a lot of personal demons to conquer. It’s also, unfortunately, a familiar story for Gordon. Eventually he’s going to run out of chances to prove he’s ‘realized how important it is to take the right steps’. If he gets another opportunity with the Seahawks, it’ll possibly be his final shot in the league.
That said, the two parties are tailor made for each other in this circumstance. Pete Carroll is always willing to take on a reclamation project. Gordon needs the kind of support an organisation like the Seahawks provides. Seattle has strong leadership across the board and a quarterback with gravitas and status.
More importantly, they have an empathetic approach to their players. They celebrate uniqueness — even if it presents itself in a challenging form.
On the field, the Seahawks badly need a dynamic third wheel at receiver. The league has transitioned in the last few years and the top teams have a variety of weapons and genuine flexibility on offense. The Seahawks have Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf and Greg Olsen. Putting Josh Gordon on the field too creates a headache for opponents.
His potential impact was clear in his restricted stint at the end of last year. Joining mid-season he had to work within a limited route tree but still found ways to impact games. He was a trusted and reliable presence on third down and pulled off one of the downfield catches of the season against Carolina.
If he has a training camp to develop his role, Seattle could have their most dynamic array of receiving weapons in Russell Wilson’s career. Considering the state of the defensive line currently, they’re going to need to find some ways to compensate.
He’s also not going to break the bank. With a limited market and a string of suspensions he might have to settle for a veteran minimum ‘prove-it’ contract. In that instance it’d be a no-brainer to bring him in and give him a chance to compete.
Wilson called for superstar additions at the Pro-Bowl and the Seahawks didn’t answer the call. Neither did they tap into a strong wide receiver draft until the latter stages of day three or properly address the pass rush. The least they can do is bring back one of the most talented (albeit troubled) receivers in the NFL.
The league will likely agree to his reinstatement after he missed games at the end of last season. Hopefully this will be done in time for the start of camp and the worst kept secret in the NFL — that Gordon would be reunited with the Seahawks — can be confirmed.
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