Melvin Gordon is heading to the Mile High City.
The former Wisconsin Badgers and San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers running back is headed to the Denver Broncos — which is bad news for more than one reason for the Bolts.
Gordon heads to division rival
When a star player leaves an NFL team, the biggest fear is that he stays in the same league or division. For Los Angeles, that fear has become a reality.
Running back Melvin Gordon has moved on from the Los Angeles Chargers and has reportedly signed with Denver Broncos.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the free-agent running back agreed to a two-year deal with the Broncos that is worth $16 million.
Rapoport also indicated that $13.5 million of it is guaranteed.
This is one of the biggest signings this offseason outside of Tom Brady leaving New England for Tampa Bay.
Source: The #Broncos and RB Melvin Gordon have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal worth $16M with $13.5M guaranteed. The former #Chargers star stays in the division, creating a strong 1-2 punch with Phillip Lindsay.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2020
The NFL insider also indicated when the news broke that Gordon had a better offer on the table from another team, but “the lure of playing in the same division” as his former squad, the Los Angeles Chargers, appealed to him.
Sounds like Gordon can’t wait until his new team welcomes the Chargers to Mile High Stadium Stadium next fall.
While the signing is an A+ for the Broncos offense, what does this exactly mean for running backs, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman?
Broncos great one-two punch
On paper, right now, the Denver Broncos have the best running game in the NFL, period. With Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay lining up in the backfield at the same time — well, let’s just say that is impressive.
Let’s not forget about Royce Freeman.
The former Oregon Duck may not have the numbers of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon, but he is a work in progress.
Freeman was the No. 2 guy in Denver last season behind Lindsay, and he performed well when called upon.
Last season he posted nearly 500 yards rushing, scored three touchdowns, and had a nice 3.8 yards-per-carry average. Freeman also caught 46 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown in 2019.
One other thing to keep in mind is Freeman did all of this with nearly half of the touches that Lindsay received.
Of course, the No. 1 guy always gets more touches in the game. However, with Gordon added to the mix, is it time for Freeman to move on?
The Broncos may not want to part ways with a solid player like Freeman so fast, especially since he only makes $970,000, according to Spotrac.
Denver has him under contract for two more seasons, but if it gets a bit sticky in the fall heat of training camp this August, Freeman may just want the Broncos to deal him away.
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