The Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to sign wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was just reinstated. Gordon will join the Chiefs practice squad before being promoted to the active roster once he has gotten up to speed.
Gordon almost confirmed his upcoming agreement with the AFC championship with a Twitter emoji, which comes one day after the Chiefs lost to the Los Angeles Chargers to drop to 1-2 on the season.
Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the Seattle Seahawks in December 2019 for substance misuse and performance-enhancing substance offenses.
Following that, in December 2020, he was reinstated for a month — with no on-field appearances – before being revoked in January 2021. Gordon had a setback in his struggle with substance usage, according to reports, which violated the rules of his conditional reinstatement.
Gordon has been suspended six times by the NFL, including five times for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Due to a suspension, he did not play at all in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Gordon last appeared in an NFL game on Dec. 15, 2019, with the Seahawks against the Carolina Panthers. In a 30-24 victory, he had one reception for 58 yards.
Gordon inked a contract with the Zappers of Fan Controlled Football earlier this year, which marked his return to professional football. In his first FCF game, the Baylor alum scored two touchdowns.
Gordon has been one of the most prolific wide receivers in the league when he does play, despite his limited NFL experience, notably in recent seasons due to suspensions.
Gordon has caught 247 catches for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns in 63 career games. His 17.2 yards per reception is second only to DeSean Jackson (17.5) among active players.
Gordon was drafted in the second round – No. 1 overall – of the 2012 supplemental draft by the Browns.
Due to suspension, the former Browns supplemental draft pick missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons, then returned to play in five games for Cleveland in 2017 and one game in 2018 before being dealt to the Patriots in mid-September 2018. Gordon was traded to the Patriots after the Browns announced their intention to release him, saying, “We’ve reached a point where we feel it’s better to split ways and move forward.”
In 11 games with the Patriots, Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three scores. He remained with the Patriots for the 2019 season, playing in six games before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Patriots decided to cut Gordon.
The wideout spent the last months of the 2019 season with Seattle before being suspended in December, missing the whole 2020 season for the third time in his career. In January, Gordon was suspended indefinitely again, and Seattle released him in March.
With Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill in Kansas City, the 30-year-old may have one last shot to revive his career.