Agent: Nine teams wanted to work out Josh Gordon

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Only the Seahawks put in a waivers claim for receiver Josh Gordon. But that doesn’t mean no one else wanted him.

Gordon’s agent, David Canter, tells PFT that nine different teams wanted to work out Gordon and give him a physical, in the event that he cleared waivers. (Canter declined to name any of the teams that wanted to work Gordon out.)

So why didn’t more teams than Seattle put in a waivers claim? With a base salary in excess of $2 million, Gordon could have been signed for considerably less if he had cleared waivers. Also, if awarded Gordon on waivers, his new team would have been required to immediately accommodate him on the roster, most likely by cutting another player.

The Seahawks were willing to create that roster spot, and to assume the balance of Gordon’s salary, sight unseen. He’ll now have a chance to prove to Seattle that he can be the guy he was in 2013, when he generated 1,646 receiving yards in only 14 games.

If he can do that now, the Seahawks could move closer to being the team they were in 2013, when they won the Super Bowl.

55 responses to “Agent: Nine teams wanted to work out Josh Gordon

  1. Having cap space and revolving spots between #54 & practice squad, the Seahawks were well situated to make this speculative move. If it works out; great. If not, he gets cut and another player with potential will be picked up. Good luck to Josh Gordon. Hopefully he does well and uses the snub by most every other team as motivation.

  2. low risk. Hawks have needed another target since Dissly got hurt.

    Feels like a lower than 50/50 chance that this works out in a significant way, but the team is pretty set at this point – he’s not going to come in and make a big mess (I don’t think). He either behaves and contributes, or they’ll cut him too.

  3. There is too much potential upside for Seattle if this works out – $2m is nothing in the NFL…look at Miami who just spent $5m on the trade to basically get a single 5th round pick. $2m gamble for a WR with that much upside is a solid bet to make.

  4. Given that explanation I put $$$ on the Vikings wanting to put in a claim. Tight cap space. Thin at WR. And, come on, you think they would think twice about giving Gordon Treadwell’s roster spot?

  5. I can see asking to work him out… to see if he has lost his speed.
    Bottom line is Seattle was the only one to claim him on waivers.

  6. Thats laughable but not as funny as Pete thinking he was getting a steal here… Hey Pete it’s first and goal with the Superbowl on the line whats the play call gonna be? I know throw a pass over the middle wahahahahaha

  7. The players that seem to always carry some baggage get way to many chances especially in the NFL

  8. Seriously can we stop referencing 2013 in every article about this guy. No other player in the history of the NFL gets to be hyped on success from six years ago like this guy does.

  9. Coming straight from the Patriot roster, better frisk him.
    Make sure he’s not wearing a wire.

  10. The guy has a history of playing at a dominant level, and then he disappears into another world that he can’t seem to control. There will be a movie made of this kid someday. Just hope one of the scenes is of a successful stint in Seattle, and then hope the ending isn’t a sad one. I won’t even pretend to know what’s going on with this kid.

  11. I lost count on his ” last chances ” Can anyone help me out. I gave up on his 4th last chance.

    Although I wish him success. I just see him with one monster game, then 7 average ones.

  12. Nice guys finish last, in the NFL you have to be a DIVA to get what you want, specially if you have a little bit of talent.

  13. ProDolphinsTalk says:

    “Seriously can we stop referencing 2013 in every article about this guy. No other player in the history of the NFL gets to be hyped on success from six years ago like this guy does.”

    Colin Kaepernick

  14. Whoever’s in charge of issuing fines for roughing-the-passer calls that are BS needs his head examined!!!!

  15. I’m happy for Gordon that he’s working on his addiction problem. It might have been too much of an ask to take care of that and stay in football shape. I hope he saves his $2 million because he may not see another NFL check after this season.

  16. Penny-pinching Mode is more desperate than other teams. Petey’s time for reaching another Super Bowl is limited, and he needs help desperately. He also traded for safety Quandre Diggs even though he now finds out Diggs has a more serious hamstring injury than he thought. The future is now, and there is no time for rebuilding.

  17. The NFL doesnt test during the season, so the only way he could blow it would be to get arrested for possession – and Washington IS one of the few states he can live and NOT be arrested for possession of marijuana.

  18. So many posts by folks who don’t truly follow the NFL/Seahawks or understand the process and/or how the fiscal restraints of the Cap Structure works. The teams trying to line up a workout “after the waiver” process are still interested in him. They are just hoping to get him for about 1/2 of the current price and/or cap hit. Those with little Cap Space in 2019, would want to go that route. Those teams interested, but not wanting to release a current player to make immediate room on their active roster would also want to wait.

    The Patriots, Because they wanted to make space on their active roster to immediately pick up Sanu, put Gordon on IR with a minor injury. They knew as soon as he could pass the physical he would have to be released. Besides making room to get Sanu, They chose to go that route to buy time so the trade deadline could pass. That way, if he was claimed off waivers the 1M left on his 2019 contract (cap hit) would go with the new team. They also likely felt the team that claimed him would have been a non playoff team as they get top priority. Obviously that part didn’t work out, but he did go into the other Conference, so unless the Seahawks meet the Patriots in the SB, the goal was accomplished.

    It is complicated but both the Patriots and the Seahawks actually made fiscally sound business decisions relating to Josh Gordon. How successful Gordon is on and off the field is clearly up to Mr. Gordon.

  19. Multiple suspensions. Can’t get his life straightened out. Gets millions to continue to fuel his drug addiction. Ahh yes, today’s NFL.

  20. californianewton says:
    November 2, 2019 at 9:14 pm
    Penny-pinching Mode is more desperate than other teams. Petey’s time for reaching another Super Bowl is limited, and he needs help desperately. He also traded for safety Quandre Diggs even though he now finds out Diggs has a more serious hamstring injury than he thought. The future is now, and there is no time for rebuilding.
    +++
    Your schtick is getting old. Same old regurgitated, never ending, mindless dribble that brings nothing to the table.

  21. I get it with the TON of suspensions….but he should be poster for NFL screw ups

    Went from Superstar to now “My agent says teams want me to try out for them”

  22. I’m sad it didn’t work out in NE for Gordon. It could have been a great story, it’s a shame and I let out a huge, “WTHeck?”, but I know by now not to question BB. We are on to Baltimore!

  23. Hopefully he does well and uses the snub by most every other team as motivation.

    If by snub you mean teams wanted to do their due diligence on a guy who’s screwed up in multiple occasions, then yeah! He was snubbed.

  24. Make no mistake. I have no issue with Seattle signing with him. I’d have been ok if Buffalo did. But let’s not quite call him snubbed. He’s proven he can’t be trusted.

  25. For all you calling bs, on this report of nine teams wanting to work him out. I would say you’re wrong. Working out a player, is something every team does on Tuesday. Giving a player a workout, isn’t a signing. Only Seattle was willing up his contract. I would say agent was honest.

  26. Having watched Gordon, this year in particular it appeared he’s a bit gassed, look much slower could not get the separation that he had last year. Speculation is he lost interest in training or at least as hard as the patriots had him down for, and it showed.
    The Patriots decided earlier it was not working out and decided to move on for him. Hence the trade for Sanu and the return of Kneal Harry…potential great and lethal targets away from Edelman

  27. I don’t find it shocking to think nine teams had interest. Mid 2013 Josh Gordon is long gone, but if you look at what he did just last season in 11 games he’d be an asset to nearly every team in the league.

    Still, there’s the elephant in the room when it comes to Gordon and that’s likely why nobody except Seattle put in a claim. They’re one of the few teams who can afford to take a risk. This was probably about the best scenario for Gordon as well (decent team with very good QB)… other than the lax attitudes towards you-know-what in Seattle. Wishing the best for him off the field and on.

  28. Josh Gordon timeline…7 suspensions since 2010 (5 in NFL, 2 in college), one full season played since 2009 (2013), cut from three teams (Baylor, Cleveland, New England). People normally say oh it’s just weed…alcohol has been his biggest issue but even when clean and sober he is skipping meetings, not obeying team rules. That is why NE cut him. Poor work ethic, late to meetings. He also struggled this season. Everyone is basing his career on 2013, his lone good year. A year when he saw tons of targets on a 4 win team always playing from behind. Potential has always been there but he keeps wasting it with off the field b.s.. His fifth suspension was supposed to be a lifetime ban but he now gets another chance. Most felt NE was it for him.

    2009
    – Accepted to play college football at Baylor

    2010
    – Arrested for possession of marijuana
    – Suspended by Baylor due to his arrest

    2011
    – Suspended indefinitely for failing a drug test for marijuana
    – Kicked off the Baylor football team
    – Transferred to Utah where he never played

    2012
    – Drafted by the Browns in the second round

    2013
    – Suspended for first two games for violating substance abuse policy
    – Made the Pro Bowl when he led NFL in yards with 1646

    2014
    – Arrested for DUI
    – Suspended by the NFL for entire season
    – Suspension reduced to 10 games
    – Reinstated by the NFL after missing 10 games
    – Suspended for final game for violating team rules

    2015
    – Suspended the entire season for violating NFL substance abuse policy for drinking
    – Forced to enter NFL’s substance abuse program for drinking

    2016
    – Failed drug test in January after filing for reinstatement
    – Suspended for first 4 games of the season
    – Left the Browns in September, one week before being reinstated, to enter in-patient rehab
    – Suspended indefinitely in October by the NFL for drinking problems

    2017
    – Reinstatement denied in July
    – Reinstatement denied in September
    – Reinstatement approved on November 1st
    – Eligible to return on December 3rd 2017, his first game in two years

    2018
    – Skipped training camp and preseason to attend rehab for drinking issues
    – Rejoined the team in August
    – Admitted in an interview he often played drunk or on drugs, would party the night before games
    – Injured hamstring during photo shoot the Browns didn’t know about, showed up late to team meetings, team claims his problems with alcohol have returned
    – Traded to Patriots on September 17th
    – Showed up late to team meeting in October, not disciplined by the Patriots
    – Announced on December 20th that he was taking a leave of absence, going to rehab for drinking problems
    – Suspended indefinitely in December for violating substance abuse policy

    2019
    – Filed for reinstatement in August 2019
    – Reinstated on August 16
    – Cut by Patriots in late October 2019 for poor work ethic, showing up late or not showing up at all. to team meetings, not informing his coaches of where he was
    – Signed by the Seahawks on November 1

    College numbers:
    2009: 1 catch, 7 yards, 0td in 9 games
    2010: 42 catches, 742 yards, 7td in 13 games
    2011: SUSPENDED/TRANSFERED – DID NOT PLAY

    NFL numbers:
    2012: 50 catches, 805 yards, 5td in 16 games
    2013: 87 catches, 1646 yards, 9td in 14 games
    2014: 24 catches, 303 yards, 0td in 5 games
    2015: SUSPENDED – DID NOT PLAY
    2016: SUSPENDED – DID NOT PLAY
    2017: 18 catches, 335 yards, 1td in 5 games
    2018: 40 catches, 720 yards, 3td in 11 games
    2019: 20 catches, 287 yards, 1td in 6 games (so far)

  29. ditkasanger says:
    November 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    The NFL doesnt test during the season, so the only way he could blow it would be to get arrested for possession – and Washington IS one of the few states he can live and NOT be arrested for possession of marijuana.

    *******************

    For *random* drug testing during the season, the NFL doesn’t test for marijuana. However, unless something has radically changed, Gordon is still in Stage 3 of the NFL drug program, which means he’s subject to testing across the board, including for marijuana and alcohol, at any time with no notice. Last time I heard, he was being tested on an average of twice a week.

  30. I love all the haterade out there for this guy. He didn’t get in trouble in NE, they just decided they didn’t need his services anymore and the way they made the move shows they believed he still could help a team. Now he’s a Seahawk and only time will tell.

  31. Another guy who blew the biggest opportunity of his life. He will look back when he is older and think about all the millions he threw away being like he is.

  32. When will teams learn they cannot take guys with the mentality of a 15 year old no matter how much potential they have. It is always an experiment and they seem to fail.

  33. wintercoates87 says:
    November 3, 2019 at 8:59 am
    I love all the haterade out there for this guy.
    ////////
    Maybe people just get annoyed when others skate through life and think that’s good enough.

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