3 free agents who could start for the Minnesota Vikings in 2020

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Josh Gordon
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Josh Gordon /
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Josh Gordon – WR

It’s been an up and down career in the NFL for Josh Gordon. It’s been one that’s featured a number of lengthy suspensions and some short stints around the league with multiple teams.

Gordon was suspended for the sixth time in his pro career last season after violating the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. He recently applied for reinstatement to the league and the interest in him from teams has started to pick up a bit more since then.

This year, the Vikings will head into the season without Stefon Diggs on their roster for the first time since 2014. Diggs was traded to the Buffalo Bills in March and Minnesota is hoping that their decision to select former LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft will be able to help make up for the loss of Diggs.

If the Vikings begin to feel a little worried about Jefferson’s potential to make an impact during the upcoming season, then they could turn to free agency and think about adding Gordon if he ends up getting reinstated.

Back in 2013 with the Cleveland Browns, Gordon had an amazing season that saw him haul in 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He hasn’t been able to get anywhere close to matching that type of production since then though.

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It’s hard to imagine Gordon would be too pricey for the Vikings to take a chance on. If Minnesota can get him at an affordable amount, he could be someone that comes in and make a big impact for the team almost instantly.