Whether the NFL would just consider what Gordon has already served enough -- or at the least tacking on two more games for the PED violation -- is hard to know, though Gordon's history would certainly come into play.
PFT notes that the reinstatement this week of Aldon Smith, who signed with Dallas, "has created hope" that the NFL will "find a way" to get Gordon and Randy Gregory (who is also applying for reinstatement) back on the field.
Setting a suspension length would allow teams to know when Gordon would be available and allow him to sign a contract (players under suspension can take part in training camp, as Jarran Reed did last season).
Throughout his time in Seattle, the Seahawks spoke highly of Gordon, who was suspended following a mid-December win at Carolina in which he made a diving catch for a 58-yard gain that led to an early touchdown in an eventual 30-24 win. The thought is the team would be open to bringing him back if/when he's available.
"We saw Josh really at a really high level the whole time he was here," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the day the suspension was announced. "The work ethic he brought was one, but he was getting along with people and being good to work with and to talk to and all that, and to deal with on regular basis, really, he was great. We were not aware that there was anything to be concerned about other than the history, which we knew about."
Gordon, who finished with seven receptions for 139 yards in five games, said in an interview with a group of reporters a few days before his suspension that he'd love to return to Seattle.
"Absolutely," he said. "Absolutely. I mean, that's my hope, thinking optimistically. I think that's anybody's goal, any player's goal, to try to find a place you can call home in all aspects."
While the Seahawks made some moves to solidify their receiving corps in the offseason -- signing free agent Phillip Dorsett, bringing back David Moore as a restricted free agent and drafting Freddie Swain out of Florida -- there's always room for more.
Whether Gordon can find his way back to the Seahawks' receiving room will take some time and a few more steps to figure out.
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