The Seahawks have re-signed receiver Josh Gordon, according to his agent, David Canter, who tweeted the news Thursday morning.
Gordon, though, is not yet eligible to play as he remains suspended while waiting for reinstatement from the league, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That he was signed, though, raises optimism that the Seahawks will soon get official word about Gordon from the league.
Rapoport reported Gordon signed a one-year deal that can get him over $1 million a year once he is reinstated -- Gordon applied for reinstatement from the league earlier this year after being indefinitely suspended last December for violating league policies on both substances of abuse and performance enhancing drugs.
One report stated Gordon is likely to be suspended for at least two more games to fulfill an expected six-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, and then could be further suspended for the other violation. But that has not been confirmed by the league.
The suspension last year was Gordon's seventh by the league and eighth overall.
Gordon played in five games for Seattle last year with seven catches for 139 yards after he was claimed when the Patriots waived him.
He then was suspended following a game at Carolina in which his 58-yard reception helped fuel a 30-24 win.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in August the team is "very open to the thought" of signing Gordon.
The signing comes as teams will have to begin paring their rosters down to 53 from 80. Gordon will not count against the 53-player roster while he is suspended.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, though, reported there could be good news soon for Gordon: "I'm told his reinstatement process is going very well," Fowler tweeted. Because of that "Seattle got cranking on this" Wednesday night, per Fowler, and the sides were able to get the contract done Thursday morning.
The Seahawks have 12 other receivers on their roster after making a pair of additions this week, including bringing back 2014 second-round pick Paul Richardson.
Richardson figures to fight for the team's third receiving role along with Phillip Dorset II and David Moore behind the starting duo of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf with the likes of recent draftees John Ursua and Freddie Swain also vying for roster spots.
Once reinstated Gordon will join that competition.
Moore has ascended to the number three role over the past week or so as Dorsett missed time with a sore foot that Carroll has said will have to be managed (Dorsett returned to practice this week after missing all three of the team's mock games).
Moore, though, is due to make $2.13 million this season on a restricted free agent tender, and the recent additions of Richardson and Gordon -- assuming he is eligible to play soon -- could put that in jeopardy.
Richardson signed a one-year deal for the minimum salary benefit of $1.05 million, according to reports.
Gordon, who turned 29 in April, was a first team All-Pro pick in 2013 when he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards on 87 receptions.
But his career was then hamstrung by a variety of suspensions, including missing all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
He had 27 receptions for 426 yards in 11 games combined last season with the Seahawks and Patriots.
Gordon became a free agent following the season as the Seahawks had claimed the remainder of his one-year deal with the Patriots.
He posted on social media regularly throughout the offseason that he was in the Seattle area working out, which helped fuel speculation that he would re-sign with the Seahawks.
After Gordon was suspended, Carroll spoke highly of how he had handled himself during his roughly six weeks with the Seahawks in 2019.
"We saw Josh at a really high level the whole time he was here," Carroll said on Dec. 16. "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 a regular basis, really, he was great."
Gordon's suspension came a few days after he had told a group of reporters that he hoped to re-sign with the Seahawks saying he was "fortunate" to have landed in an organization as supportive as the Seahawks.
"Absolutely," he said then of hoping he could stay in Seattle. "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."
Damontre Moore signs with Seahawks, per agent
The Seahawks on Thursday also signed free agent defensive end Damontre Moore, according to a tweet from his agent, Joby Branion.
Moore had a workout with the Seahawks earlier this week and will help fill in the depth at the defensive end spot where Seattle has lost Branden Jackson, who was placed on Injured Reserve earlier this week due to concerns over a spinal issue that could endanger his career, while also still waiting for rookie Darrell Taylor to come off the Non-Football Injury list. Taylor is still recovering from surgery last January to insert a rod in his leg to repair a stress fracture.
Moore, 27, played four games for the Seahawks in 2016 after entering the league as a third-round pick of the Giants in 2013. He has since played for Dallas,, the Raiders and the 49ers, seeing two games with San Francisco last season before suffering a forearm injury that ended his season.
Seattle also hosted former offensive lineman Justin Britt for a tryout this week but it remains unclear if he will sign soon.