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Report: Broncos have signed running back Melvin Gordon to a two-year deal

The Denver Broncos get their running back to pair with Phillip Lindsay.

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According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos have signed former Chargers running back Melvin Gordon to a two-year, $16 million dollar deal with $13.5 million in guaranteed money.

Gordon is a 26-year old running back who is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He spent his first five-seasons in the NFL with the rival Los Angeles Chargers.

Melvin Gordon played his college ball at Wisconsin and played a total of four seasons there for them. During his four-seasons at Wisconsin, Gordon totaled 4,915 yards rushing, 45 rushing touchdowns, and a 7.8 yards per carry. This college career by Gordon helped him become a first-round pick for the then San Diego Chargers back in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Gordon has continued his successful play in the NFL as he has become one of the better running backs in the NFL during his career thus far. During his five-year career in the NFL and with the Chargers, Gordon has totaled 4,240 yards rushing and 36 rushing touchdowns. He has also hauled in 224 receptions for 1,873 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Gordon was coming off a career-year in 2018 where he totaled 5.1 yards per carry and 14 total touchdowns. However, in 2019 he had a bit of a down year as he held out for the first four games of the Chargers season but still totaled 9 touchdowns in 12 games.

Running back Melvin Gordon was ranked as the 32nd best free agent available this winter according to Pro Football Focus.

Nobody quite exemplifies the current understanding of running backs being dependent on their environment — at least long term — than Melvin Gordon. The Chargers star held out at the start of the 2019 season, looking for a big payday off the back of his best-graded season perhaps with the understanding that replicating that 2018 season was unlikely given the blocking in front of him. So it proved, as Gordon averaged only 3.8 yards per rush attempt, 2.5 of which came after contact, on his way to a 66.0 overall PFF grade. Gordon has shown he can be a big-time player with some help around him, but so have a lot of backs.

I know some will hate this deal. Paying running backs is a sin to some and a trendy one at that, but this deal makes sense for the Broncos. They have a young starter at quarterback who while looking promising will be learning a new playbook and only have five total starts under his belt. Surrounding him with talent to lean on should and is a priority for General Manager John Elway. Being able to hand the ball off to two talented backs takes a big weight off his shoulders this upcoming season. At least, that is the plan at least.

I have always been a fan of Gordon and I hope he can repeat his 2018 success with the Broncos and in Pat Shurmur’s offense. His red zone ability is top notch and his receiving ability makes him a natural fit in the offense as well. It will also take some wear and tear off Phillip Lindsay as well.

What do you think Broncos Country? Do you like this move or no?