Josh Gordon is (almost) back!
Gordon has once again completed the NFL-monitored treatment program. This means that the NFLPA has recommended to the NFL that Gordon be reinstated. Gordon will have to wait for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's approval, but it seems like the Josh Gordon experience will once again be returning to the gridiron.
Gordon's career has been long and interesting. As a Cleveland Browns fan myself, I feel as though I am personally attached to every headline Gordon finds himself in. For years, the promise of Gordon returning as one of the more dominant receivers in the game has been met with disappointment after disappointment.
For a little context on how good Gordon was, in 2013 with the Browns, Gordon caught 87 passes for a league-high 1,646 yards and nine touchdown receptions. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro at his position. During that 2013 season, Gordon became the first player in NFL history to have back-to-back games with 200 yards receiving.
However, let's put all of that behind us. It is time to figure out what NFL roster would best suit a talent like Gordon. While he's not at the peak of his powers, he can definitely help a potential contender or two.
3. Chicago Bears
Allen Robinson is, of course, a top-tier receiver and there's been plenty of hype on Darnell Mooney, but the Bears could use more help at wide receiver. The franchise can't rely on Marquise Goodwin and Breshad Perriman as their third receiver.
The Bears' offense is bad, yes, but when Justin FIelds finally takes over the starting job, there may be a sliver of hope. As of right now, it stinks. While Gordon would not make the Bears a threat to score on every drive, he would be another weapon to open up the middle of the field. With Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham rotating at tight end, the Bears are fairly confident in becoming a dink-and-dunk team.
Chicago could use more speed on the outside other than a journeyman in Gordon and the up-and-coming Mooney.
2. Green Bay Packers
Outside of Davante Adams, the Packers are lacking talent at the receiver position. With it looking more and more likely that this could be Aaron Rodgers' last season with the Packers, the time to go out and win another Super Bowl is right now.
Gordon shouldn't be expected to have a massive role on any team like he did in Cleveland in 2013. But the former All-Pro should have a role as a deep-ball specialist.
Gordon's lost a step sure, but his physicality should help open up underneath routes for Adams to shine.
If Gordon can gain Rodgers' trust then the Packers would have a deadly offense for their Last Dance.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Following Sammy Watkins' departure, the Chiefs have struggled to find a wide receiver to star opposite of Tyreek Hill. Mecole Hardman has failed to live up to his draft status, which means there's a big role waiting for Gordon.
If the Chiefs sign Gordon, he won't be expected to have a major role. But he could be a part-time weapon that fits perfectly with Patrick Mahomes' skill set.
Gordon would step into the Watkins role as someone who is looking to take a little relief off the shoulders of Hill and Kelce. Gordon would be a great fit to open up the field for more talented players, and that is a scary thought for the rest of the NFL.
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