Gone In A Flash: Chiefs Waive Josh Gordon

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A lot of people outside of Kansas City probably didn’t even realize Josh Gordon had been playing for the Chiefs. Unless you studied them closely, you may not have even seen Gordon — and not just because he’s so fast.

It’s more because Gordon barely saw the field, appearing in 12 regular-season games, but compiling just five catches for 32 yards (though he did record a touchdown).

And now, it appears the Chiefs aren’t going to keep Gordon as part of the 53-man roster as they head toward their AFC Championship game showdown vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Per multiple outlets, the Chiefs have decided to have Gordon.

They do, however, hope to re-sign him to the practice squad. That’s assuming no one should claim him on waivers, and at this point in his career, that seems unlikely.

It’s been quiet a ride for Gordon, who a decade ago looked like he was on his way to a wildly impactful career. He definitely had his moments, but issues with alcohol and traffic violations derailed him early and never really seemed to let up until recently. He has played just one full season — and that was way back in 2012 with the Cleveland Browns.

Chiefs receiver Josh Gordon tosses the ball after scoring a his lone touchdown of the season, a 1-yard reception vs. the Raiders on December 12. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

He actually led the NFL in receiving with 1,646 yards in 2013, also with the Browns. But those days are ancient history.

“His time in Kansas City represented the first NFL action he had seen since December 2019. That year concluded with a five-game stint in Seattle, which wasn’t nearly as productive as his 17 games (split across two seasons) with the Patriots before, which saw him post 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns,” wrote Adam La Rose of Pro Football Rumors.

The Chiefs took a flyer on Gordon back in September, signing him to the taxi squad. He was elevated to the regular roster for the first time in Week 5.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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