NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing suspended New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon’s application for reinstatement, according to multiple reports.
Goodell is sole authority on matters of reinstatement when it comes to players who were banned for substance abuse violations.
Gordon, who signed his restricted free agent tender in April, would be set to earn a base salary of $2.025 million for the 2019 season.
Goodell suspended Gordon on Dec. 20 for violating terms of his previous reinstatement agreement.
The Patriots — and in particular, owner Robert Kraft — have supported the 28-year-old Gordon since the suspension.
Gordon played one game for the Cleveland Browns last year before being traded to the Patriots in September. In 12 games, he caught 41 passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns.
After breaking into the NFL with the Browns in 2012 and making the Pro Bowl after the 2013 season, Gordon missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to suspensions related to substance abuse.
Gordon got together with quarterback Tom Brady for an informal workout in June. Brady posted a GIF on Instagram showing him throwing to Gordon, with the caption, “Practice makes perfect.”
–Field Level Media