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Josh Gordon's Super Bowl ring with Patriots is for sale at auction

Josh Gordon's Super Bowl ring with Patriots is for sale at auction

Josh Gordon's lone Super Bowl ring is no longer in his possession, it appears.

The ring Gordon received after the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII is currently for sale at Heritage Auctions. The auction house estimates the ring's value at $100,000, touting it as "the sixth and final Patriots ring of the (Tom) Brady era."

Gordon joined the Patriots in September of that 2018 season and appeared in 11 games for New England, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

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The wide receiver was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and didn't play in any of the Patriots' postseason games, but still earned a ring for his regular-season contributions.

The 29-year-old landed with the Seattle Seahawks last season but received another indefinite suspension in December. He reportedly plans to apply for reinstatement but is currently a free agent, so perhaps he decided to part ways with his Super Bowl ring to earn some extra cash.

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Willie McGinest expects Cam Newton to be Patriots' starting QB in Week 1

Willie McGinest expects Cam Newton to be Patriots' starting QB in Week 1

The leading candidate to start at quarterback for the New England Patriots is Cam Newton, and former Pats linebacker Willie McGinest expects the 2015 NFL MVP to win the job in training camp.

There are four quarterbacks on the Patriots depth chart -- Newton, Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Brian Lewerke -- and head coach Bill Belichick told reporters last week that "everyone will get a chance to prove themselves."

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McGinest, who's now an analyst for NFL Network, recently gave his take on the Patriots' quarterback situation.

“Well, they say it’s a competition, but if you are asking my opinion, I expect to see Cam Newton start at the quarterback position," McGinest said Wednesday on WEEI radio show "Dale & Keefe". "If he’s healthy, he’s the guy.”

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One thing Belichick values tremendously is versatility, and McGinest pointed out that Newton brings plenty of versatility to whichever offense he's playing in.

"If you talk to a lot of offensive coordinators and you say, hey, if you had a Cam Newton, what does that bring to your offense? The first thing they'll say is versatility," McGinest explained. "A guy you can do multiple things with within the offense. Cam has beat a lot of people with his legs, and he's had his share of injuries, but he's strong, he's big, he's physical, he can move the pocket. So, now you can incorporate those RPOs, those zone runs, those spread passes. It keeps defenses off-balance. And he can still throw the ball down the field from the pocket and be accurate.

"And he has something to prove. Here's a guy who's pretty much at the bottom of what quarterbacks are making this year and he felt like he was done wrong, so you're getting a guy with a chip on his shoulder that if he's 100 percent healthy, he brings so much to an offense. Josh McDaniels is going to have a field day with designing plays around Newton and the rest of the personnel."

Newton played in just two games last season due to injuries, and a shoulder ailment bothered him for a large portion of the 2018 campaign. If Newton is able to stay healthy and be on the field for a full season, there's no reason why he can't rediscover the form that made him a top 12 to 15 quarterback in the league for much of his career.

And as McGinest pointed out, Newton is highly motivated to play at a high level. You can bet he wants to show that teams passing on him in free agency was a mistake, while also setting himself up for another huge payday next offseason.

Former Panthers OC explains 'biggest threat' Cam Newton poses to NFL defenses

Former Panthers OC explains 'biggest threat' Cam Newton poses to NFL defenses

The last time Cam Newton played at a high level was the first half of the 2018 NFL season with the Carolina Panthers, and Norv Turner was his offensive coordinator at the time.

Newton threw 14 touchdown passes with four interceptions and led the Panthers to a 6-2 record in the first eight games. A shoulder injury suffered in the middle of the season prevented him from maintaining that MVP-caliber form, and the Panthers suffered as a result by finishing the season 7-9. Carolina lost the last six games Newton played in 2018. Injuries again impacted him in 2019, and he played in just two games last season before the Panthers released him in March.

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The next chapter of Newton's career will come with the New England Patriots, where he'll give head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels a different skill set at the quarterback position than what Tom Brady provided for the last 20 years. 

Turner is confident the Patriots looked at Newton's play from the first half of 2018 when evaluating the fit he could have in New England. 

"The biggest thing if I could look into the minds of New England and coach (Bill) Belichick when they looked at Cam, I'm sure they looked at, No. 1, when he was playing well. That was the first half of two seasons ago, through a 10-game stretch his numbers were awfully good," Turner said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He was playing at a high level, and I think the shoulder was an issue and kept him from doing the things at the end of the season that he had been doing. So I'm sure they looked at things he was doing that were similar to what they do.

"With (Christian) McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Greg Olsen, we were doing things that have pretty much been done by a lot of teams in the league -- the high percentage things like the crossing routes, getting receivers on the run, the options runs with (McCaffrey), which are things that are very similar to what New England does and a lot of people do in the league, it's just how you package it. I'm sure they looked at those things."

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What's the biggest threat Newton poses to opposing defenses? Turner pointed to Newton's ability to make things happen on the run on critical downs.

"When you talk about Cam, you got to look at the things he can do -- the designed runs -- and I don't think you have to do a lot of them, but I think if you do just enough and sprinkle them in, you give the defense something they have to prepare for," Turner explained. 

"The threat that I always thought was Cam's biggest threat was when the play broke down and he was able to take off and run, particularly on third down and get those big first downs. Through the first part of the (2018) season he was very successful at doing that. I think the biggest issue I would have is his health. I would have to think that New England, before they signed him, were pretty darn thorough in making sure they knew he was healthy."

Health will always be the concern with Newton, but if he's able to stay on the field, his signing could prove to be one of Belichick's better free agent moves over the last decade.