Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL for his latest violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
But if the league lifts his suspension sometime before or during the 2019 season, Gordon would play again in New England.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Gordon signed his restricted free agent tender on Tuesday. In mid-March, the Patriots tagged Gordon with an original-round tender worth $2.2025 million in base salary. All restricted free agent tenders are one-year contracts.
Gordon will count against New England’s 2019 cap regardless of whether he is reinstated by the NFL. He was officially suspended on Dec. 20.
Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns with the Patriots last season. He started all 11 games in which he appeared. Previously, Gordon spent four seasons with the Browns and missed the team’s 2015 and 2016 campaigns due to substance-related suspension.
It is unclear when the 27-year-old could be reinstated.