Patriots

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The New England Patriots' latest order of business suggests they want to keep wide receiver Josh Gordon and cornerback Jonathan Jones around in 2019.

The Patriots have placed an original-round restricted free agent tender worth $2.025 million on Gordon and a second-round tender worth $3.095 million on Jones, The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reported Tuesday morning.

Since Gordon originally was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, the Patriots would earn the second-round pick of any team that signed Gordon by matching his offer sheet in restricted free agency.

That's a steep price to pay for a player with Gordon's past -- he's still serving an indefinite suspension from the NFL -- so it appears likely the wide receiver will be on New England's roster in 2019, even if he misses some or all of the season.

The Patriots also would receive a second-rounder from any team that signs Jones, who hasn't missed a game at cornerback during three seasons in New England and already has won two Super Bowls.

Volin estimates the Patriots have about $12.5 million in salary cap space after tendering Gordon and Jones and acquiring Michael Bennett from the Philadelphia Eagles. Free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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