Melvin Gordon took a risk in 2019 when he held out for a new contract into the 2019 season. The move ultimately backfired and now the star running back might reportedly have to take another risk on the free-agent market
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Gordon’s market hasn’t provided the caliber of offers he received last season from the Los Angeles Chargers. As a result, the Pro Bowl running back now might need to settle for a one-year deal with a chance to test free agency again next year.
Gordon played in 12 games this past season, averaging just 3.8 yards per carry. As Austin Ekeler emerged as the team’s newest star running back, the Chargers began shopping Gordon during the season. The team couldn’t find the right deal to move him and now the 26-year-old is struggling to find the deal he is seeking.
While the Dolphins had interest in Gordon, the signing of Jordan Howard might take them out of the mix. The Buffalo Bills are also reportedly interested, but Garafolo told NFL Network that it’s unlikely a pairing happens. Gordon’s market will also be hurt with Todd Gurley now available, following his release from the Los Angeles Rams.
Gordon is still a gifted running back and he showed it in 2018. While he only played in 12 games that season, he racked up 14 total touchdowns and recorded 1,375 scrimmage yards. If he lands in the right spot and can stay healthy, he can be an impact player next season and prove he’s worth a larger deal.