Patriots show commitment to Josh Gordon, reportedly place original round tender on WR

Ryan Hannable
March 12, 2019 - 8:14 am

It appears the Patriots haven't fully given up on Josh Gordon.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have placed an original round tender on the wide receiver, which is worth $2.025 million. As a restricted free agent, this means if another team were to sign Gordon the Patriots would receive that team's second-round pick in return since Gordon was drafted in the second round.

Gordon remains suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his reinstatement, but reportedly the process for him to be reinstated could begin as early as May. 

It would appear the Patriots won't count on him being part of their plans for 2019, but view it as a bonus if he does -- no matter how many games it is. In 11 games with New England this past season, he recorded 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

Also per reports, the team has placed a second-round tender on cornerback Jonathan Jones, which is worth $3.095 million. Like Gordon, if another team signs him the Patriots receive that team's second-round pick.

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