The Los Angeles Chargers and running back Melvin Gordon are at an impasse, which means we could see him in a new area code soon. Los Angeles general manager Tom Telesco has said publicly that the team will stand firm on the offer they put on the table (reportedly $10 million per season) which means a deal will not get done. They will probably be taking a lot of calls for the two-time Pro Bowler and should get great value in return. Gordon has battled injuries and only played a full season once and that was 2017. It was his best season to date as he ran for 1,105 yards and had eight scores, hauling in 58 catches as well. That why is his market value will be profitable. The team has not given his agent permission to look for trade partners as of yet, but here are three teams that could benefit tremendously from a deal for the 26-year-old Gordon.
The Colts still have the most salary cap remaining and could take a chance no matter the cost to acquire Gordon. Marlon Mack is a solid running back that would probably be more effective as a back up (908 yards, nine TD’s in 2017). Gordon would open up an already explosive offense with his game-breaking ability. Andrew Luck had an MVP caliber season and could use more weapons to take the pressure off his shoulders. Gordon would get his payday, Indianapolis would their first star running back since Edgerrin James.
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Deshaun Watson and the Texans may be just a Melvin Gordon away from becoming a Super Bowl contender in the AFC. Houston has Lamar Miller, but he’s more of a third-down running back. Yes, he has homerun speed but would be more effective playing behind a superstar running back like Gordon. Having a trio like Deshaun Watson, Deandre Hopkins and Gordon will also give Houston a chance to make the big plays to become an elite offense. They ranked seventh in rushing yards and adding Gordon would put them closer to the top.
Detroit will keep popping up on my trade list for running backs until they find one that can carry the load. Kerryon Johnson had a solid season running for 641 yards and three touchdowns, but Gordon would be an instant upgrade for the Lions. They cut ties with their top receiving back Theo Riddick and Gordon would fill that role as well (182 career receptions). Gordon would also help Matthew Stafford probably lengthen his career and give them a legit shot at a playoff run. Matt Patricia is a student of Bill Belichick, so he knows how important a running back is to his offensive gameplan. Detroit hasn’t had a running back to go over 1,000 yards since 2013, Reggie Bush finished with 1,006 yards.
Los Angeles holds all the cards in the situation and they need to make a decision soon, because Gordon value may be at its peak right now.
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