Former NFL recipient Josh Gordon will return to the sport in the fan controlled football startup league as a member of FCF Zappers, team owner Bob Menery told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Gordon will join former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was Gordon’s teammate at the Cleveland Browns.
The league, which began playing this month, features 7-on-7 games where fans set rosters, call games, and interact in a mix of traditional and esports environments.
Gordon’s recurring NFL career hit another roadblock last month when he was indefinitely suspended from the Seattle Seahawks after the league lifted his conditional reinstatement.
An NFL spokesman told ESPN at the time that the decision was made by Gordon, 29, and was in breach of his conditional reinstatement under the league’s drug abuse policy. No further details from the league were made available.
The league suspended Gordon indefinitely in December 2019 for violating its drug abuse and performance enhancing substance guidelines. According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, this was Gordon’s sixth ban since the 2013 season and his fifth for substance abuse.
Gordon was reinstated by the NFL in December under certain conditions and was scheduled to train with the Seahawks for the last two weeks of the regular season. Coach Pete Carroll said at the time that Gordon had a chance to play the Los Angeles Rams at Week 16. But that same week, the NFL put him on the commissioner’s exception list.
Gordon signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks before last season started.
In 63 NFL games, he has 247 receptions, 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Amendment Draft after playing in Utah and Baylor.
FCF teams play a six-week schedule, with games being streamed live on Twitch from a league-rented facility in Atlanta. Games last approximately an hour and the field is 50 by 35 meters with 10 yard end zones.
The players have backgrounds from the FBS and FCS college levels, including the CFL, XFL, and the Indoor Football League, including Manziel.
Before joining FCF, the 28-year-old Manziel last played soccer for the Alliance of American Football in April 2019 and has also played in the Spring League and the CFL since its release by the Browns in 2015.