Melvin Gordon trade precedents
Things change fast in the NFL, and a prime example of this is former Alabama standout Trent Richardson. Taken third overall by the Cleveland Browns, he seemed like he was well on his way to a successful career after rushing for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie. Then two games into his second season the Browns traded him to the Indianapolis Colts, netting them the Colts’ 2014 first-round pick. The Browns eventually traded the pick to move up in that draft to take one Johnny Manziel.
Jordan Howard is another highly-touted running back that was recently traded. The former Chicago Bear had a great first two seasons in Chicago, and even in a down year in 2018 he went for over 1,000 yards from scrimmage with nine touchdowns. But the Bears have emerging star Tarik Cohen and were heavily rumored to be looking at drafting another running back and moving on from Howard. Eventually, that all came to fruition, as the Bears wisely traded Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 sixth-round pick and then drafted former Iowa State standout David Montgomery with the No. 73 pick. Howard will likely be an upgrade in Philadelphia, but he’s hardly the player Gordon is. The Chargers could certainly get a more appealing package for their star running back than what was gained in both of these trades.