Josh Gordon, the oft-suspended wide receiver, intends to play in 2020. His chances of doing so seem more likely now that the NFL will no longer suspend players for marijuana violations. The question, though, is where would Gordon play? Perhaps more importantly, where would Gordon be a good fit?
Things to Consider
From a talent perspective, Gordon could certainly be an asset to the Packers. Although the signing of Devin Funchess gives the Packers more depth at wide receiver, they still have more room for improvement. Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards in 2013 with 1,646 yards en route to his only Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection. The 2013 season, however, was the last time the Gordon played in at least 14 games. Unfortunately, Gordon could not stay out of trouble. He has missed almost three full seasons due to suspensions.
From a locker room perspective, Josh Gordon may not be the best fit. The Packers are no stranger to having players being suspended for drug violations (Geronimo Allison, for example). However, the Packers have always prided themselves on being a community-first organization and have historically distanced themselves from players they did not feel would be good representatives. Even if the NFL will no longer suspend players for marijuana violations, there is no guarantee that Gordon has put his misbehavior behind him.
Of course, there is the whole issue of the salary cap. The Packers simply do not have the cap space to sign Gordon, even if they wanted to. As mentioned, they have already signed Devin Funchess to boost their wide receiver depth. In addition, they still need to pay any draft picks they want to sign.
There is always talk and speculation whenever a player of Gordon’s caliber becomes available. Two months ago, the possibility of Gordon playing for the Packers was close to zero. While it may not be likely even now, it is still something to consider.
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