Some things are simply inevitable.
Gordon is now 30 years old and was with the Seattle Seahawks last season.
However, he was hit with a suspension and is now looking to get back in what has become a nearly annual process.
NFLPA determined Josh Gordon has successfully completed his NFL-monitored treatment program and has recommended to the NFL that he be reinstated, per sources. Gordon is awaiting final approval from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but he is said to be ready to play and vaccinated.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2021
Based on the past, it seems likely he will get another chance.
His Career So Far
Gordon has had a tough road in the NFL up to this point.
He made his debut with the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and looked like a legitimate superstar talent during the 2013 season.
The suspensions then started to roll in as he missed most of 2014 and all of 2015 and 2016.
The team still stuck with him, but ultimately moved on in 2018 when he was traded to the New England Patriots.
Since then, he has showed promise, but has had a tough time staying on the field.
His most recent stint in Seattle saw him appear in five games since 2019.
A 2021 Outlook
Unfortunately, teams have heard the same story from Gordon before about how he is all set to return.
— DraftKings (@DraftKings) September 14, 2021
The only positive from this is the fact the NFL continues to back him playing in the league if he clears all the necessary requirements.
Gordon’s substance-abuse issues are serious, but it is good the league stands behind him if he puts in the proper work.
Being an elite talent surely helps as well.
There are going to be teams out there trying to sign Gordon.
The counter to him never being available is that he is usually fresh for the start of a season.
He is 30 years old, but has only played in 63 games since his debut in 2012.
So who will target the receiver?
The Seahawks may want to try him out again, or maybe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make a huge splash and hope a relationship with Tom Brady can work wonders.
Bill Belichick may even take another shot, with the expectation of cutting Gordon if things aren’t working out right away.
One team that will not reconsider Gordon?
That would be the Browns, who spent years and years trying to make things work to no avail.
Gordon deserves yet another chance, but it is up to the NFL to reinstate him and then for teams to decide to bring him in with the obvious risk of the talented receiver not completing the season.