KANSAS CITY, Missouri
Kansas City Chiefs sign former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was recently reinstated by the NFL after violations of its policies on drug addiction and performance-enhancing substances.
Gordon’s agents Eric Dounn and Matt Leist have confirmed that Gordon is heading to Kansas City on Monday and planning to sign up for the practice squad. It is expected to join the active list as soon as it is updated.
“It’s time to get down to business,” Gordon tweeted later Monday with a link to the Chiefs account.
Gordon, 30, was one of the league’s dynamic players early in his career at Cleveland, where he led the league with 1,646 yards in the 2013 season. But he quickly got caught up in the game. in off-court issues, resulting in six suspensions over a six-year period, including five for some form of drug addiction.
Gordon didn’t play at all in 2015 and 2016 while serving a suspension, and he struggled to regain his form while dividing the 2018 season between the Browns and New England. He ended up splitting the 2019 season between the Patriots and Seahawks before another suspension put his future in professional football in jeopardy again.
He was added to Seattle’s roster last December when the NFL ruled him eligible for a comeback. But a day later, the league decided Gordon had broken the terms of his reinstatement and he was suspended indefinitely in January.
Gordon was released from the Seahawks in March, becoming a free agent, and asked Commissioner Roger Goodell in July to be reinstated. His request was approved on Monday, allowing Gordon to sign with Kansas City.
The Chiefs are in desperate need of help alongside Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in the passing game, especially after losing Sammy Watkins to free agency. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson were unable to take the step forward Kansas City wanted from their No.2 wide receiver, and Byron Pringle and Marcus Kemp made costly blunders on Sunday.
Kemp bounced a pass on him for an interception in a 30-24 loss to the Chargers. Pringle had a pass through his fingers in the dying seconds that could have given the Chiefs one final shot in the end zone.
The Chiefs looked to find some help late in the draft, using a fifth-round pick on Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell. But he struggled throughout training camp and failed to make the active roster until the start of the season.