In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, March 12th, Ben Violin of the Boston Globe reported that the Patriots tendered restricted free agent Josh Gordon, offering him the low restricted tender worth $2.025 million. Gordon had an up and down 2018 season which saw him steadily develop into one of the Patriots most reliable receiving options before stepping down to focus on his mental health.
Patriots have to carry Gordon ($2.025m) and Jones ($3.095m) on their salary cap, even though they haven’t signed. Add in Michael Bennett $7.2m), and Patriots have about $12.5m in cap space. They will be bargain hunting over the next few weeks
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 12, 2019
Suspended for the better part of four seasons, Gordon flashed immense potential to NFL fans during his breakout 1,600-yard sophomore campaign and is universally regarded as one of the NFL’s biggest “what if” stories. Unable to remain on the field for longer than five games in a season prior to being traded to New England, Gordon saw himself suit up in 12 games and post a very efficient 737 yards on the season.
Josh Gordon Reportedly Working Hard Towards Patriots Comeback
Despite stepping away to focus on his mental health last year, Gordon has been working out hard and is looking to make a return and contribute to the Patriots. The Patriots clearly believe in him as Bill Belichick has a notoriously short leash and has iced players out who he feels are a detriment to the locker room. By all accounts, Gordon is a hard worker and great teammate but just happens to struggle with personal demons that have inhibited his ability to stay on the field.
— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018
At his best, Gordon has shown to be a game-breaking talent and with Rob Gronkowski getting more banged up every year, the Pats need another reliable receiving option they can turn to. Especially on such a team friendly deal, should Gordon come back and finally put together a complete season for the Patriots, he could be one of the best value deals of the year in a landslide.
Source:: Heavy.com – Sports