Josh Gordon’s time with the Seahawks last season was short-lived, but he spent enough time for Seattle to feel like home, and now the receiver is sticking around in Seattle after re-signing on Thursday.
The Seahawks also signed defensive end Damontre Moore, a player who spent time with Seattle during the 2016 season. Receiver Seth Dawkins and defensive end Pita Taumoepenu were waived to make room on the 80-man roster.
Gordon, 29, appeared in five games for the Seahawks after being claimed off of waivers in November, but his season was cut short when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last month that Seattle was open to a reunion with Gordon when his status became more clear.
“Josh did a really good job with us last year, he fit in really well,” Carroll said. “He was part of this team, by the way we opened and embraced his coming to us, but also by the way he attacked it. So we are very open to that thought and we’ll see what happens.”
Gordon has faced suspensions in the past, including missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, but has been a very productive player when he’s on the field. A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie, then was an All-Pro and Pro-Bowler in 2013 after catching 87 passes for a league-high 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. Splitting time between Cleveland and New England in 2018, Gordon caught 41 passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns, then caught 27 passes for 287 yards last year with New England and Seattle.
Carroll referred to Gordon as “a unique talent” when the Seahawks claimed him off of waivers last year and said, “I’ve said it a million times to you guys that we’re always looking for guys who have something special about them.”
Gordon said last year that he quickly felt at home in Seattle: “It has been great. It’s been a smooth transition. A great environment, a great football team and organization. I’m really happy to be here.”
Despite no ties to the area outside of his brief tenure with the team last season, Gordon stayed in the Seattle area during the offseason and has shared pictures on social media of him working out with current and former Seahawks players.