New England Patriots

LANDOVER, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 06: Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 06, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

If you were surprised that the Patriots waived Josh Gordon, you were not alone.

It was a move that even surprised Gordon himself, who touched on his move from Foxborough to Seattle ahead of the Seahawks’ primetime Monday Night Football meeting with the division-leading 49ers.

And it’s hard to blame him. With Demaryius Thomas traded to the Jets and the disaster known as Antonio Brown flaming out early in the season, it seemed unlike the Patriots to move a player who knew the offense as well and worked as hard as Gordon had to be a factor for the 2019 team after battling through another round with his off-field demons late in the 2018 season and following offseason. Not to mention his rapport with Tom Brady. (Keep in mind this was before the Patriots even played one game with Mohamed Sanu Sr., who has since proven to be a solid fit on the New England roster, in their lineup.)

The Patriots seemed more than willing to work — and work closely — with Gordon given their belief in what he could do for them on a football field. But the move to the injured reserve and subsequent release still came, and the Pats moved on.

Surprising, sure, but something the 28-year-old appears to understand all the same.

“But we all know it’s a business,” Gordon offered. “Your time can be short lived anywhere. You never know what could happen day to day in the NFL. But that was the decision they made, and I’m glad to be [in Seattle] now, though.”

Gordon is expected to make his Seahawks debut on Monday, and with reports indicating that the Seahawks plan to get him fairly involved in their offense as a go-to target for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.