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Report: Broncos agree with Melvin Gordon on two-year contract

Jesse Reed
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have agreed on a contract with former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.

Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News in Wisconsin was first on this report.

Shortly afterward, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported the contract has been agreed upon, and that it’s a two-year deal worth $16 million.

Gordon, a former Wisconsin Badgers star, had not gotten as much interest in free agency as he had hoped for. He held out of four games last season as a member of the Chargers as he attempted to leverage his way into a long-term deal with the franchise that drafted him.

Instead, the Chargers called his bluff, and now he’s getting significantly less than he hoped for.

That being said, it makes sense to add him to a young, talented offense in Denver where he can split time in the backfield with Phillip Lindsay, much in the same way he did with Austin Ekeler in Los Angeles.

In 12 games last season, Gordon rushed for 612 yards with eight touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards per carry.