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Josh Gordon of the New England Patriots looks on during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Josh Gordon of the New England Patriots looks on during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

From the NFL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

If Josh Gordon plays at all in the 2019 season, it will be for the Patriots.

As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, Gordon has officially signed his restricted free agent tender with New England. If he plays in 2019, he’ll be due a base salary of $2.025 million.

The NFL suspended Gordon indefinitely in December for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. Off-field problems have dogged the veteran receiver for most of his once-promising career. He’s played only 22 games over the past five seasons.

New England acquired Gordon in September from the Cleveland Browns, along with a 2019 seventh-round pick, in exchange for their 2019 fifth-round pick. Gordon played 11 games for the Patriots and started them all, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Gordon recently underwent treatment at an in-patient facility in Florida. The Patriots reportedly footed the bill. Recent reports indicated that Gordon could be reinstated in time for the start of 2019 training camp in late July.

If he does return to the Patriots for the 2019 season, Gordon joins a wide receiver depth chart that also includes Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios, Demaryius Thomas, Maurice Harris, Bruce Ellington, Damoun Patterson, and special teams captain Matthew Slater. It’s likely they also add a receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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