Seahawks likely to sign Josh Gordon, but not Antonio Brown
Rumors are aplenty at this limbo stage of the offseason, as the Seattle Seahawks fish for some wide-receiver talent. Josh Gordon and Antonio Brown are two candidates the NFL team has had in its sights.
However, ESPN’s John Clayton reports the Seahawks have an 85% chance to reel Gordon in and only a minuscule 5% chance for Brown, who played his last snap on Sept. 15 as a member of the New England Patriots.
Gordon played five games with the Seahawks last season after being claimed from waivers. He was suspended indefinitely yet again on Dec. 16, this time for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse — making that his fifth offense.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported back in March that Gordon was applying for reinstatement. However, there is no word if Gordon would be facing further suspension upon signing with a team or if the more relaxed marijuana rules would cut him a break on his fifth incident of the same kind.
“Wide receiver Josh Gordon intends to play in 2020 as he works his way back from indefinite suspension, according to a source,” Fowler noted. “Commissioner Roger Goodell will oversee Gordon’s reinstatement attempt, during which the player must prove he’s making steady progress away from the field.”
As far as Brown is concerned, he was spotted working out with Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith. He’s also received the ringing endorsement from the starter, Russell Wilson, who said he’d “love” for Brown to join his team.
“But it’s not out of the question for the Seahawks to add another wide receiver,” Clayton explained back on May 20. “According to sources, Wilson would love to add Antonio Brown. Brown is also close with backup QB Geno Smith, whose one-year contract with the Seahawks was finalized Wednesday.”
Both receivers will have their hurdles into signing with a team. Gordon has been a repeat offender when it comes to the use of marijuana and Brown has turned into a disruptive force of nature in the locker room. The Seahawks will have to proceed with caution when deciding who to add to their ranks.