Are The Chargers Trading Melvin Gordon To The Giants, Texans Or Eagles?
Are the Chargers trading Melvin Gordon to the Giants, Texans or Eagles?
In light of some injuries sustained over the last week, it is becoming increasingly likely that Los Angeles will find a suitor for their disgruntled running back.
Gordon, 26, is owed $5.6 million this season on the fifth year team option of his rookie deal.
In the last couple of years, Gordon has worked as the centerpiece of the Chargers’ running attack.
Two years ago, he put up 1,105 yards and 8 touchdowns on 284 rushing attempts.
One year later, he put up 885 yards and 10 touchdowns on 175 rushing attempts.
Even though the partnership between Gordon and the Chargers has been lucrative for both sides up to this point, reconciliation appears unrealistic.
There is a fundamental disagreement between the two parties on his worth.
Gordon wants the sort of contract that Ezekiel Elliot, Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell received.
Los Angeles does not feel his production warrants that sort of dough.
Although the Chargers agreed to allow Gordon to seek out a trade, the team is also not in any hurry to accept a bad deal.
“When or if Melvin reports, he’ll play this season under his current contract, and we’ll just revisit it after the season,” team general manager Tom Telesco said.
All of which brings us to the obvious question: if the Chargers ultimately do decide to trade Gordon, where could he go?
The Giants would make a lot of sense, given the fact that Saquon Barkley is going to be out for the next 4-8 weeks and Daniel Jones will need some run support.
New York reportedly brought in Benny Cunningham, Fozzy Whittaker and Zach Zenner for tryouts to temporarily fill the gap, but none of those options are as promising as Gordon would be.
Following the injury to Saquon Barkley, the Giants worked out RBs Benny Cunningham, Fozzy Whitaker and Zach Zenner. Potential depth options to keep an eye on.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 24, 2019
If not the Giants, Houston could be a good fit.
The Texans lost Lamar Miller in the preseason to a season-ending injury and opted to bring in Carlos Hyde via trade to fill that hole.
Prior to that, Houston also acquired David Hyde from the Cleveland Browns.
Despite having those two guys, the Texans still brought CJ Anderson in this week for a workout – so clearly they are not confident in their rushing attack.
Gordon could change that in a big way, and he would certainly have a bigger impact on the offense than Anderson would.
The #Texans are working out veteran RB C.J. Anderson today, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 24, 2019
If not Houston, don’t sleep on Philadelphia.
Early on in the process, right after Gordon demanded a trade, the Eagles were rumored to be a likely destination.
At one point Gordon even started following the team on Instagram – leading many to believe that a deal was imminent.
Obviously nothing has materialized since then on the trade front, but given the team’s 1-2 sputtering start, it would not be particularly shocking to see them make a move.
Gordon could instantly upgrade the Eagles offense and would probably be just the shot in the arm they need in order to turn the season around.
Where will Gordon ultimately end up?
Time will tell.
But if he doesn’t get traded in the next few weeks, he may end up having to suit up once more for the Chargers come midseason.