The New England Patriots are trying really hard to retain Josh Gordon and Jonathan Jones. The Patriots placed an original round tender on Gordon and another round tender on Jones, as reported by Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.
Josh Gordon is still suspended by the league for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. If he gets reinstated by the NFL, he will probably make $2.025 million in salary. If Gordon decides to sign with a different team, New England will get a third round draft pick.
Jones will make $3.095 million next season. If he
signs with a different team, the Patriots will get a second-round pick.
This is actually a good scenarion for the Patriots. They
will get Gordon back. If he doesn’t return to the field, they will earn a
third-round pick next year.
Gordon joined the Patriots in the midst of last season
through a trade with the Cleveland Browns. He played really well alongside Tom
Brady, and had 68 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns.
“Directly I have not spoken to him since his last suspension,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said of Gordon. “I do know he’s in treatment. He’s a young man who has had a lot of challenges. I have gotten to know him and understands his struggles and the challenges that he’s had to go through and he’s working at it. He understands what he has to do. He understand the importance for him — And this is well beyond football. This is for his life. — to make sure he takes care of himself and he understands the importance of getting this issue under control and being able to live a healthy and long life.
“If he can, we’ll evaluate that at the right time, but right
now the focus is what more can we do to help Josh get to that place.”