Former Super Bowl champ and All-Pro wide receiver, Josh Gordon, was just recently reinstated by the NFL and has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 6-foot-3 225 pound, 30 year old wide receiver has dealt with his fair share of personal struggles throughout his career from substance abuse back in 2015, that suspended him the whole entire season, driving while impaired in 2014, and also being late to a practice back in 2018 while with the Cleveland Browns.
Gordon had multiple teams contact him and express interest in signing him but playing for the Chiefs was something Gordon was considering for the long term and making it his NFL home, according to his agents, Eric Dounn and Matt Leist from LAA Sports. The Chiefs have been navigating for a wide receiver who can play every down alongside the elusive Tyreek Hill since they lost Sammy Watkins in free agency. The Chiefs have been giving significant playing time to Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and Byron Pringle, but none have delivered consistently for the Chiefs thus far into the season.
Hill is second behind Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce in receiving yards for the Chiefs with 267, with the other three wide receivers with 260 yards total, while also being 26th in 4th down percentage. Their defense also doesn’t help being the second worst ranked team in points allowed through three weeks in the season while also being 31st in rushing yards allowed and dead last in rushing touchdowns allowed through three weeks into the season.
Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December 2019 for violations of the league's policies on substance abuse and performance-enhancing substances. It was Gordon's sixth suspension since the 2013 season and his fifth for some form of substance abuse, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Gordon submitted his reinstatement letter back to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in July, and the NFLPa recommended that he be reinstated. Commissioner Goodell approved Gordon’s request for reinstatement on Monday.
Gordon is a very talented, yet troubled wide receiver who led the league in receiving in 2013, when he racked up 1,646 receiving yards. Can he turn back the clock and be the missing piece the Chiefs are missing in their passing attack?.... Only time will tell.