NFL teams are always looking for ways to get betters, so wide receiver Josh Gordon will most likely get plenty of interest around the league after being conditionally reinstated. While the Jacksonville Jaguars could surely use a playmaker of his caliber, they may better sit this one out.
Gordon was reinstated Friday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, and he will be eligible to sign with anyone he pleases since he’s currently a free agent. The Baylor product has been suspended several times throughout his NFL career for multiple violations of league’s the substance abuse policy. He last played in 2019 with the Seattle Seahawks and was again suspended indefinitely in December of that year.
Keep in mind that the Hawks and the New England Patriots have taken chances on Gordon in spite of this suspension history, so why has the 2013 Pro Bowl nod gotten so many opportunities and why would there be league-wide interest in him? He’s the kind of difference-maker that can improve any offense.
Back in 2013, Gordon hauled in 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine trips to the end zone. What makes this more surprising is the fact that he logged this kind of production with quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell throwing passes to him.
Even in his short stints in Foxboro and Seattle, the wide receiver was always someone his quarterbacks could trust. In 63 career games, he has caught 247 receptions for 4,252 receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions. Moreover, he’s averaged a monster 17.2 yards per reception. So why shouldn’t the Jacksonville Jaguars pursue Gordon? Here are several reasons why.