NFL free agency rumors: Patriots tender WR Josh Gordon

Patriots paying for Josh Gordon's inpatient drug treatment, report says

The Patriots are trying to retain Josh Gordon.

According to the Boston Globe, New England has placed an original round restricted free agent tender on the wide receiver.

The report noted Gordon will earn $2.025 million if and when he returns from suspension. If he signs with another team, however, the Patriots would get a second-round pick.

The Patriots are reportedly paying for Gordon to receive drug treatment at an inpatient facility in Gainesville, Florida. The team is also working with the league and NFL Players Association to treat the troubled All-Pro with the hope that he can play football again and be successful in all aspects of life.

Gordon, 27, played 11 games for New England last season before being suspended indefinitely on Dec. 20 for violating the terms of his reinstatement into the NFL. However, he could be reinstated into the league by the start of training camp for the 2019-20 season.

He caught 40 passes for 720 yards with three touchdowns in 11 games with the Patriots this season. He also caught one 17-yard touchdown with the Browns before he was traded to New England.