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Josh Gordon

Okay, here me out on this one.

Josh Gordon is looking for an avenue back into the NFL, again. The wide receiver has reportedly tested clean from drugs over a considerable period of time, which has resulted in the player writing yet another letter of reinstatement to league commissioner Roger Goodell.

One could argue that Gordon has more than had his last chance. Guys with his talent normally get more opportunities than most, but the juice might not be worth the squeeze where the former All-Pro is concerned anymore.

It’s been seven seasons since Gordon secured a phenomenal 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. Had he continued this trend for the remainder of his career, then a potential Pro Football Hall of Fame berth was not entirely out of the question.

However, the demons Gordon seems to constantly deal with regarding addiction have left his career in tatters. And it’s hard to gauge exactly what the wideout is capable of at this stage of his career.

Gordon was last seen on the field for the Seattle Seahawks in 2019, where Carolina’s general manager Scott Fitterer was a prominent member of the front office. Yet there remains plenty of intrigue about his potential despite recently turning 30-years-old.

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The Carolina Panthers might not consider Gordon as a realistic option. But if the player returned to the form of old, adding him to a unit that also consists of D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, David Moore, and Terrace Marshall Jr. is a mouth-watering proposition.