New England Patriots

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Josh Gordon of the New England Patriots walks on the field during warmups for the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

As first reported by Ian Rapoport, the Seattle Seahawks claimed former Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon off waivers.

The move is a win-win for the Patriots – who decided to move on from Gordon by placing him on injured reserve then waiving him once healthy – and the Seahawks, who get a new weapon for QB Russell Wilson for the stretch run. If part of Bill Belichick’s reasoning for getting Gordon on waivers was to prevent the WR from joining a contending team in the AFC, his plan worked. The Pats won’t have to worry about Gordon again unless they meet Seattle in Super Bowl LIV.

Gordon played in six of seven possible games before the Patriots placed him on IR last week. He caught 20 of 37 targets for 287 yards and one touchdown.

With the addition of Mohamed Sanu before the trade deadline and the impending return of rookie N’Keal Harry from IR, the Patriots’ WR depth chart suddenly got too deep. Gordon simply ended up being the odd man out in this equation.

Assuming Harry is activated for Week 9 at the Ravens, he will join a WR depth chart that already included Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Sanu, Jakobi Meyers, and Gunner Olszewski. The Patriots ran four-receiver with more frequency than they have all season last Sunday against the Browns, so it would be reasonable to expect more of that with who they have in tow.

Meanwhile, Gordon becomes at least the No. 3 receiver in Seattle. They already have Tyler Lockett and their own talented rookie, D.K. Metcalf. He could be a good red zone target for Wilson, who lost tight end Will Dissly earlier in the season.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at