Gordon (suspension) has signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Patriots, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Gordon remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL, but the act of signing his contact tender ensures that if he's deemed eligible to play at any point this coming season, it will be with the Patriots. In 12 games (11 with New England) last year, Gordon displayed flashes of his undeniable skill, en route to catching 41 passes for 737 yards and four TDs. Beyond Julian Edelman, roles in the team's 2019 wideout corps have not yet been solidified, so if at any point Gordon's playing eligibility is restored, the 28-year-old could quickly re-emerge as a key target for QB Tom Brady.
Gordon (suspended) received an original-round restricted free-agent tender from the Patriots on Tuesday, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports. The $2.025 million tender all but ensures Gordon will stay put, as any team would need to give the Patriots a second-round pick if they declined to match an offer sheet for the wide receiver. The real question is if/when Gordon will be reinstated from his suspension, as he's currently serving an indefinite ban for yet another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. A report from February suggested he could be reinstated as soon as this summer, having already missed two regular-season games and three playoff contests. Gordon seems to have support at the top of the New England organization, with team owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft both going out of the way to make supportive comments during Super Bowl week.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft sounded supportive Tuesday when talking about Gordon, who is currently serving an indefinite suspension for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston reports. The Patriots are covering the cost of Gordon's treatment and haven't ruled out the possibility he could return to the team if his ban is eventually lifted. Jonathan Kraft went out of his way to mention that Gordon was a good fit in the New England locker room, quickly becoming popular with his teammates after he was acquired in a Sept. 17 trade. The NFL probably won't allow the talented wideout to return for Week 1 of next season, but an appearance at some point in 2019 isn't out of the question. Meanwhile, the Patriots are preparing for the Super Bowl with Julian Edelman as their unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver, followed by Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson.
The NFL announced Thursday that Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list on a indefinite basis after violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The suspension was foreshadowed earlier Thursday, when Gordon released a statement on his personal Twitter account suggesting he would take time away from football to address his mental health. It's the fifth ban that Gordon has faced since entering the league in 2012 and the suspension may effectively spell an end to his playing career. Before a return to the NFL is even entertained, Gordon will turn his focus to getting his personal affairs in order.
Gordon (personal) is facing an indefinite suspension for a violation of his reinstatement under the league's substance abuse policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Gordon announced early Thursday morning that he would be stepping away from the Patriots for "a bit" to attend to his mental health. The timetable for a return was vague, but if another suspension is announced by the league, it could mean the end of his career in the NFL. Gordon has an extensive history of substance abuse policy violations and ensuing suspensions, which made him a risky acquisition by New England from the beginning. While Gordon focuses on his well-being, the Patriots will look to snap a two-game losing streak without their leading receiver in a home matchup against Buffalo. Julian Edelman should lead the way among the team's receivers, with potential for added looks going to Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
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|3 Year Avg||57||30||536||2||21||17.87||65|