Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday that general manager John Schneider has been following Antonio Brown's situation and that the club is "very open" to the possibility of bringing Josh Gordon back once the NFL reinstates him.
"John is competing at every turn," Carroll said about the Seahawks' interest in Brown, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN. "There's never been a process, unless we just missed it, that we weren't involved with to understand what the chances were of helping our club. He's all over it. He understands what's going on right now, as much as you can. It's a very complex situation. We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road."
The league recently suspended Brown for violating its personal conduct policy. The free-agent wideout is eligible to participate in training camp, and his ban will end after eight games regardless of whether he's on a roster when the season kicks off.
Brown can still receive another suspension as the NFL continues to investigate the rape lawsuit brought forth by the player's former personal trainer in September 2019.
The 32-year-old worked out with Russell Wilson at the Seahawks quarterback's San Francisco home in July.
Gordon, meanwhile, was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. He signed with the Seahawks midway through last season, and despite appearing in just five games, his positive contributions left the door open for a possible return.
"It's not in our hands," Carroll said about a reunion with Gordon. "Josh did a really good job with us last year. He fit in really well. He was part of this team by the way we opened and embraced his coming to us but also by the way he adapted. So we are very open to that thought, and we'll see what happens."
Gordon, who applied for reinstatement in June, is interested in a reunion with the Seahawks, sources told Henderson.
The 29-year-old recorded seven catches for 139 yards in five appearances with Seattle.