Veteran wide receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated by the NFL on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 30-year-old applied for his reinstatement back in July after he was suspended in January after he violated the league's substance-abuse policy.
This isn't the first time that Gordon's been reinstated, so, hopefully, he manages to stick around this time. He's been a solid player whenever he has been on the field, as proven by his 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns in 63 games.
Yes, Gordon may not be in his prime anymore, but that doesn't mean that teams won't be trying to add him to their roster. Here's a look at the three most likely destinations for Gordon following his NFL reinstatement.
Josh Gordon Destinations
1. New Orleans Saints
If there's one team that needs another wide receiver, it's the New Orleans Saints. No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas won't be back for several more weeks and Tre'Quan Smith was placed on the injured reserve just over a week ago. Not a single Saints pass-catcher had more than 27 receiving yards in last week's 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers, so New Orleans needs to address their wideout room as soon as possible. Adding Gordon would be a smart move because it's a low-risk, high-reward situation. If he doesn't work out, at least they added some depth. If he does pan out, then that's just the cherry on top.
2. Detroit Lions
After losing wideouts Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay during free agency, people wondered who'd become the Lions No. 1 wide receiver. It was supposed to be Tyrell Williams, but he's barely played this season and was placed on the IR earlier this week. Quintez Cephus and Amon-Ra St. Brown are still young, so bringing in a veteran like Gordon would help take some pressure off of them. It was two years ago that he had 27 receptions for 426 yards and a touchdown over 11 games. Even if that's far from his best work, at least he's a proven commodity.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
There's no mistake about it: Tyreek Hill is the Kansas City Chiefs' top wide receiver. However, beyond him and tight end Travis Kelce, nobody else has really separated themselves in this offense. Third-year wideout Mecole Hardman was supposed to be that guy, but he has just 74 receiving yards through the first two games. Joining a winner like the Chiefs could help turn Gordon's career around, perhaps similar to what joining the Buccaneers did for Antonio Brown. Plus Gordon has a history of being a deep threat, so head coach Andy Reid and co. would at least know how to play him to his strengths — especially with a gunslinger like Patrick Mahomes under center.
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