The Kansas City Chiefs gave former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon a chance to revive his NFL career one more time during the 2021 NFL season, but it looks like his time with the team has come to a close – at least for now.
According to league insider Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Chiefs are releasing Gordon as they look to get under the league’s 53-man roster limit by the league-wide deadline of Tuesday at 4 p.m. However, this does not mean Gordon’s time with the team is completely over.
The #Chiefs are releasing WR Josh Gordon, per source.
Gordon has shown great character on the field and in the community since he got to Kansas City and the team is open to him returning. But it’s a numbers game right now and he’s the odd man out. pic.twitter.com/voVS4Hpubo
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 30, 2022
“Gordon has shown great character on the field and in the community since he got to Kansas City and the team is open to him returning,” Pelissero said in a Tweet. “But it’s a numbers game right now and he’s the odd man out.”
The Chiefs were Gordon’s fourth NFL team after several stints with other teams ended due to Gordon’s failure to adhere to the league’s drug policy. Gordon played seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2013 while leading the league in receiving yards.
Following his time with the Browns, Gordon played the 2018 season and the beginning of the 2019 season with the New England Patriots before he was waived due to injuries. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks and played one game with the team in 2019 before violating the league’s drug policy for a fifth time in his career.
Gordon signed with the Chiefs ahead of the 2021 season. And while his stint with the team has been successful so far, Gordon has found himself buried on the depth chart behind Kansas City’s talented receivers.