The Toronto Argonauts have added star-crossed receiver Josh Gordon to their negotiation list, per sources.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders removed Gordon’s CFL rights from their neg list in December 2018 after adding the 28-year-old when he was dropped by the Calgary Stampeders. For nearly four Gordon was Stamps’ property. That initial addition by Calgary occurred when Gordon was suspended by the NFL for a positive marijuana test.
Faced with the prospect of missing a full year on the football field in 2014, Gordon considered playing the remainder of the CFL schedule, although that would have required obtaining his release from the Cleveland Browns at the time. But the fact that Gordon wanted to play pro football in Canada stands out: he’s aware of the league, respects the high calibre of talent and saw it as a legitimate way to extend his playing career.
Marijuana issues have stunted his NFL career much as they did while at Baylor University where Gordon was suspended twice by the NCAA. The Houston native entered the NFL via the supplemental draft when the Browns gave up a second-round pick to secure Gordon.
As a rookie, he produced 805 yards and five touchdowns on 50 catches. In June 2013, the NFL handed down a two-game suspension for a positive marijuana test. Gordon returned to the field for 14 games putting together a remarkable 1,646 receiving yards – leading the NFL – and nine touchdowns on 87 receptions.
After multiple suspensions kept Gordon away from the field, it appeared he was finally past four years of transgressions and ready to return for Cleveland full-time. But various factors played into the Browns trading him to the New England Patriots in September 2018.
Since joining the Patriots, Gordon played in 17 games catching 60 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. New England placed Gordon on injured reserve on October 23 and when healthy plan to release the talented but troubled pass catcher.
Gordon has played 58 career NFL games making 240 receptions for 4,113 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 17.1 yards per catch. Through parts of six seasons in the NFL, Gordon has made over $5.6 million.
Argos general manager Michael Pinball Clemons and vice president player personnel John Murphy made the move. Toronto is hoping Gordon might consider playing in the CFL if NFL opportunities subside.