On Friday, Adam Schafter reported that Los Angeles Chargers running back, Melvin Gordon, is looking for a new contract or wants to be traded. If no new contract or trade, Gordon will sit out for training camp and possibly the season.
Gordon, 26, is going into his fifth season with the Chargers, where he has rushed for 3,628 yards with 28 touchdowns, 1,577 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. The issue for Gordon has been the injuries as he’s missed nine games in his career, including the four missed games last year. However, Gordon has shown he has been one of the best running backs in the league and he knows it. Gordon is looking for that huge contract like Todd Gurley, but are the Chargers going to offer that up, or will some other team make a splash. Here are some teams:
It was a very quiet offseason for a team that had the most salary cap in the NFL. The biggest moves the Colts made were signing Justin Houston for 2yrs/$24M and Devin Funchess for 1yr/$10M. Last year the Colts won the AFC South and beat the Houston Texans in the wild card thanks to a dominate defensive performance but fell short in the divisional round to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-13. Luck needs some weapons and Gordon would be a perfect fit, especially behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.
DeShaun Watson, Melvin Gordon and DeAndre Hopkins, what a scary trio that could be. The Texans didn’t spend much in free agency either, so they have a ton to work with for Gordon and their future. Lamar Miller hasn’t been amazing for the Texans, but we possibly could see a running back swap, since I wouldn’t think Miller would want a backup role, so the return for the Chargers could be beneficial. The issue with the Texans is that their offensive line is terrible, so we might not see that production with his time in LA and will a team without a GM make this huge move.
What a petty move this would be. Going from a Super Bowl contender to a team that could possibly be the worst in the league. The Dolphins won’t be landing a star for some time due to their rebuild, but if they could land Gordon, perhaps that could change. In the long-run, a Josh Rosen-Melvin Gordon duo could be promising and makes the Dolphins focus on other key positions like the defense, offensive line and wide receivers. The Chargers could also find another beneficial package that could involve Kenyon Drake.
The Bills made some interesting moves in the offseason, but they almost struck gold by landing a star wide receiver who ended up going to Oakland, Antonio Brown. The Bills still need a star player and Gordon could bring that to Buffalo, especially for an offense that has an aging LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore, so they must get young and better at the running back position. Josh Allen would love to add some weapons to his offense in a division that we see the Dolphins rebuilding and the Patriots could fall any season.
Los Angeles Chargers
Gordon is one of the best in the league, so it might be wise to keep him in LA. The Chargers have around $10.9M in cap space, so the money is there, but the issue is the future. The Chargers have a lot of young talent in key positions, especially on the defense. The Chargers are going to have to pay these players, which means someone must be the odd man out, and it might have to be Gordon. If that’s the case, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are going to have a big piece in the offense.