Argos neg list receiver Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely by the NFL

Receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.

The Seattle Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers on November 1 after he was waived by the New England Patriots. Gordon caught six passes for 81 yards in four games playing with Russell Wilson.

According to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, the Toronto Argonauts have the star-crossed pass catcher on their negotiation list.

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 Patriots in September 2018.

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 released the talented but troubled pass catcher.

He has played 63 career NFL games making 247 receptions for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 17.2 yards per catch. Through parts of six seasons in the NFL, Gordon has made over $5.3 million.

Argos general manager Michael Pinball Clemons and vice president player personnel John Murphy made the move to put Gordon on the double blue’s neg list. Toronto is hoping Gordon might consider playing in the CFL if NFL opportunities subside due to the his fifth suspension in eight years.

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