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Past trades that could impact Melvin Gordon’s future

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a 34 yard run in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a 34 yard run in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Melvin Gordon III #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Melvin Gordon III #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Melvin Gordon trade precedent: A blockbuster

After his famed career with the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka moved onto the New Orleans Saints. After two poor 6-10 seasons, he famously proclaimed that he would trade his whole draft class for the opportunity take running back Ricky Williams. They eventually did, sending a whopping eight draft picks to the Washington Redskins for the rights to draft Williams. The deal was massive and had repercussions all around the league, as the Redskins traded the majority of those picks in order to move up themselves in future drafts with the key piece of their return becoming one Champ Bailey. After three short years, Williams was traded to the Miami Dolphins and the Redskins eventually traded Champ Bailey to Denver for Clinton Portis in 2004.

It is extremely unlikely the Chargers could get anyone to trade their entire draft class for Gordon, but as was mentioned above Williams was traded again. The trade to Miami netted the Saints two future first-round picks along with a future third-round pick. Trading eight draft picks for Williams was very clearly a huge mistake, but the Saints were able to somewhat bounce back by getting those three picks. With most people looking at Gordon as top five or six at his position, a similar package like what the Dolphins gave up for Williams should be the minimum for the Chargers.

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