An NFL team has officially claimed former Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon off of waivers.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the veteran wide receiver has been claimed by the Seattle Seahawks after he officially entered waivers at 4 PM EST on Friday.
Russell Wilson — one of the favorites to win the MVP award this season — finally gets his wish to have a true No. 1 receiver on his team.
Furthermore, Gordon’s agent — David Canter — expressed excitement over Gordon joining the Seahawks.
Seahawks May Have Been Only NFL Team to Show Interest in Gordon
As Rotowire notes, the Seahawks were 28th in the waiver wire priority order — meaning they might have been the only NFL team to place a claim for the former Pro Bowl wide receiver. Gordon also obviously won’t play in Seattle’s Week 9 matchup versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but head coach Pete Carroll said they will take a look at Gordon in practice next week.
“The Seahawks are 28th in waiver priority, so it’s quite possible they were the only team to make a claim. The Patriots placed Gordon on injured reserve last week, though he reportedly expects to be healthy at some point in early-to-mid November. The team then cut him loose Thursday, subjecting the wide receiver to the waiver process. While Gordon won’t be available for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay, coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks will take a look at the wide receiver in practice next week, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.”
Gordon Had Served as Patriots’ No. 1 Receiver
The 28-year-old wide receiver was recently released by the New England Patriots off of short-term injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury in Week 6 against the New York Giants. Although he had served as the Patriots’ No. 1 wide receiver, he became expendable once the team acquired former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu via trade prior to the trade deadline.
In six games this season, Gordon caught 20 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown. During his two seasons in New England, the 6-foot-3 receiver appeared in and started 17 games while catching 60 total passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.
Head coach Bill Belichick — in his typical nature — gave a cold answer on why New England decided to move on from their No. 1 wide receiver over the past two seasons, via Matthew Doherty of Boston.com.
“We released him because he was healthy,” Belichick said. “He passed his physical.”
For his career, the six-year veteran holds career statistics of 240 receptions for 4,113 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 and led the league in receiving yards that season.
Gordon missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to suspensions and off-the-field trouble.
Now that Gordon is with the Seahawks, he jumps from one Super Bowl contender to another — except this time, it’s all the way out West.
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