The Browns tendered former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon as an exclusive rights free agent, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Tuesday.

The tender prevents Gordon from negotiating or signing with another team, and he's set to make $790,000 next season. He’ll be scheduled for restricted free agency after the 2018 season and unrestricted free agency after the 2019 season.

Two weeks ago at the NFL Scouting Combine, Browns coach Hue Jackson said extending an exclusive-rights tender to Gordon would be a formality.

The Browns also gave fullback Danny Vitale and backup center Austin Reiter exclusive-rights tenders, other sources confirmed. They're scheduled to make $630,000 next season.

Gordon, 26, would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency and become one of the highest-paid players at his position long ago if his well-documented battle with drug and alcohol addiction hadn't contributed to him being suspended by the NFL for nearly the past three years.

He missed 44 consecutive games and 54 of 59 because of recurring violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He returned to action Dec. 3 and played in the final five games of the season, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown on 43 targets.

The Browns have been encouraged by Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, ever since the two sides reunited last season.

"Josh has been great. Josh has been outstanding," Jackson said at the combine. "He’s having a really good offseason. Obviously, he’s got to continue to do so and continue to do the right things, but I truly believe that Josh Gordon is going to have a great year for us."

The Browns hope to commit to Gordon long term, provided he can stay on the right path and remain available to play.

"We want Josh Gordon to be a Cleveland Brown for a long time," Jackson said. "We’ll see where that all goes, but he has to do his part in that. And we hope he will, and I’m sure he will."

New General Manager John Dorsey is optimistic about Gordon's future, too.

"I think Josh Gordon is a physical freak," Dorsey said during an appearance on ProFootballTalk Live at the combine. "I’ve sat down and talked to him, had numerous conversations, and my message to Josh Gordon is, 'You know what? As long as you’re behind the Cleveland Browns 100 percent, I’m 100 percent behind Josh Gordon.'

"That’s my mindset. He and I have communicated, and there’s some things that I’ve helped him with and we’ve sat and discussed. But right now, I love where he is right now. I think he’s in a good place right now, but we’ll see how this thing moves forward."

Dorsey was asked on PFT Live if he thinks Gordon can return to being the player who became an All Pro five years ago.

“I do,” Dorsey replied. "I mean there was a lot of time laid off there, but when I watched him play in those last four games that Cleveland had, you could see, you know what, he’s a pretty good player, a really good football player."