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Potential trade packages for Melvin Gordon

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the ball to Melvin Gordon #28 during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off the ball to Melvin Gordon #28 during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals for a score of 20-10 at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals for a score of 20-10 at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

With Melvin Gordon’s future in doubt, let’s look at some potential landing spots for the star running back.

If the team does decide to move on there should be plenty of options. Listed below are three potential trade scenarios.

Gordon wants to play for the Los Angeles Chargers, he just wants to get paid. However, if they are unable to come to terms on an extension that suits the star running back and they decide to move onto the trade market, what kind of options will they have? Our own Justin Reyes has suggested the Philadelphia Eagles could be a potential trade partner, which you can read here.

At the risk of sounding redundant, they will not be featured again in this article.

Melvin Gordon at @GoSportsCon says he wants to ultimately work things out with the Chargers. pic.twitter.com/8hZiAERpLW

— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) July 13, 2019

Firstly, let’s assume the Chargers would prefer not to help out any potential contending team within the conference.  This would theoretically eliminate teams like the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens or Indianapolis Colts.

Each of those teams could come to the table with a compelling trade package, but the preference should be sending Gordon to one of the teams from the other conference. Imagine for a second if Gordon was traded to one of those teams and then he ended up leading that team to a playoff victory over his former team?

That would be heartbreaking for the Chargers franchise and its fans. The challenge the Chargers are facing is determining how other teams are valuing the running back position in general. Add in Gordon’s own injury history and this could inhibit them from getting a desirable package and may force them to settle for a lesser deal in order to save cap space.

Another thing Chargers fans should keep an eye on is the Ezekiel Elliot situation in Dallas. The Cowboys could be facing a similar “pay me or trade me” stalemate there.

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