Seahawks Reporter: Josh Gordon's Career Likely Over

The troubled wide receiver was suspended yet again, and his NFL future is very much in doubt

December 17, 2019 - 7:28 am
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Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs.

This, unfortunately, is nothing new for Gordon, who may have played his final snap in the NFL.

“I would think so,” Tacoma News Tribune Seahawks writer Gregg Bell said on Ferrall on the Bench. “This is the eighth time he’s been suspended . . . in some form or fashion. Eight times. Two times in the last 12 months by the NFL. Today was for substance-abuse and performance-enhancing drugs.”

Gordon had seven catches for 139 yards in Seattle, including a 58-yard reception in a 30-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

“He played that game in Carolina, had a 58-yard catch, knowing he had failed the test,” Bell said. “I tried to talk to him after the game in Charlotte. He said, ‘I’m not answering questions.’ He was very quiet and subdued. He was really trying to get a new start in Pete Carroll’s environment: a lot of nurturing and bonding out here with him. Teammates invited him to their homes for Thanksgiving when he was new to the city. He really wanted this to be a new start. He mentioned last week to us that he wanted to sign a new contract after this season and stay in Seattle and he hoped he finally found a new home.”

That, however, is unlikely to happen.

“I’m not sure how many more chances he has now,” Bell said. “I don’t know how many more appeals he can make to prove to the NFL that he deserves yet another chance. I’m not sure he’s going to get it.”

While Gordon is responsible for his actions, Bell questioned the effectiveness of the NFL’s suspension protocols.

“By the terms of the suspension, he is not allowed to be around the Seahawks facility, not allowed to be around the team or any team personnel at all,” Bell said. “So you’re taking what family unit he has right now in the league, what he was trying to bond with and nurture and have support with, you’re taking that away from him. . . . There are probably better ways to handle someone who needs support than to cut him off from the support he has.”

Twenty-seven teams passed on Gordon after the Patriots released him. The Seahawks (11-3), who are currently the 1-seed in the NFC, rolled the dice on him.

“The Seahawks were the one to give him another chance,” Bell said. “Pete Carroll is one that will do that and thought that he could get something out of him. They have to now walk away from him after having him for the last six weeks. To say his future is in doubt is an understatement, and he’s only 28 years old.”

The Seahawks play their final two games of the season at home against Arizona (4-9-1) and San Francisco (11-3). Sunday’s kickoff against the Cardinals is slated for 4:25 p.m. ET.