Just a day after being fired by the Kansas City Chiefs, veteran wide receiver Josh Gordon is close to signing with another AFC contender.
According to NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti, Gordon paid a visit to the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 31.
After the Chiefs were reinstated into the NFL in September 2021, the Chiefs originally signed Gordon to the team’s practice squad on September 27. A week later, Gordon was promoted to the Chiefs’ 53-player roster, but his impact was not significant during his freshman season in Kansas City.
In 12 regular season games last season, Gordon caught 5 passes on 14 goals for 32 yards and 1 touchdown per Pro Soccer Reference.
The Chiefs waived Gordon on Jan. 24, but then re-signed him to a reserve/futures deal in February.
Receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman, rookie Skyy Moore and Justin Watson are the wideouts that made up the 53-man roster in Kansas City. Gordon didn’t do well enough in training camp or preseason to beat any of the above pass catchers for a roster spot.
Since Gordon, 31, was released and not waived by the Chiefs, it meant he became a free agent and could choose his next target immediately after his release from Kansas City.
While there’s no guarantee Gordon’s visit to Tennessee will result in a contract offer, the signs usually point to a veteran visiting with a team getting a contract offer. If Gordon Tennessee were to join, he would join a receiver room that features five players on the Titans’ 53-player roster: Robert Woods, Treylon Burks, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Kyle Phillips and Cody Hollister.
Andy Reid on Josh Gordon’s release
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked during his Aug. 30 news conference if Gordon hadn’t been added to the 53-player roster and didn’t rule out the possibility of Gordon returning via the practice team.
“Listen, I’m proud of Josh (Gordon) for everything he’s done,” Reid said. “[It was]a real pleasure to have him here. There’s a chance he might be back here and if it doesn’t work elsewhere, but only from a footballing point of view, but also overall, he’s really done a damn good job.”
The Chiefs have already filled 14 of the 16 vacancies on their practice team, with two of the spots being filled by receivers Cornell Powell and Daurice Fountain. So there’s still room for Gordon’s return to Kansas City.
Twitter reacts to Gordon’s release
Twitter users reacted to the Chiefs’ release of Gordon.
“Hopefully they sign him again in the future,” wrote one Twitter user. “Although he didn’t have many big games and/or ‘huge’ stat numbers, he got into the clutch when we needed him.”
“Too bad it didn’t work out, hope he stays somewhere else or ends up with us on the practice team,” wrote another user.
“Yes, Justin Watson and Fountain took that WR5 and 6 place. Just no room for Josh Gordon, hopefully he gets another shot and balls out,” wrote another user.
“Picture of class in New England and Seattle afterwards, problem is he’s not fast enough anymore but teams are signing him & whipping their fans into a frenzy like they jacked Jerry Rice. 2012 was 10 years ago & Josh bless his heart missed about 5 of them,” wrote another user.
“Quite literally the biggest waste of talent in recent memory. Blame him or the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy. Either way, the facts are the facts,” wrote another user.
“Cowboys should throw a plane at Josh Gordon… They took risks on riskier players and gave those same players multiple chances, Gordon would be cheap and if he’s a problem cut him…” wrote another user.
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