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Chargers trade options for running back Melvin Gordon

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tripped up by Jimmy Smith #22 of the Baltimore Ravens during a 22-10 Ravens win at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tripped up by Jimmy Smith #22 of the Baltimore Ravens during a 22-10 Ravens win at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 01: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs down field during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 01: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs down field during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Chargers trade options: Bring Agholor home

Partner: Philadelphia Eagles

Chargers Receive: Nelson Agholor

Eagles Receive: Melvin Gordon

Sticking with the theme of a third wide receiver and a late round selection, the Chargers instead go for Nelson Agholor, a receiver that has shown flashes as a deep threat but has struggled to find a defining role on his team. Agholor has put up some solid stats in Philadelphia, racking up a total of 1,504 yards and 12 touchdowns over the last two seasons. A bonus here is that he played college ball at USC, and would feel right at home in Los Angeles.

So why would the Eagles part ways? With DeSean Jackson back in town, it really puts Agholor on notice, as Jackson is most likely being looked at to play the exact role Agholor has been playing over recent years. This trade overall is perhaps a bit more unrealistic than the prior one, as a player for a player swap is very rare in recent years. The value is there, however, and it isn’t so far-fetched to say that this trade go through if it were on the table.

The only reason the Eagles do not pull off this trade is the presence of both free agent acquisition Jordan Howard and second-round draft pick Miles Sanders. Though the team has high hopes for both players, Gordon is an on-field upgrade over both, at least until proven otherwise. Both backs combined for 284 receiving yards last season (Sanders in college, Howard in the NFL); Gordon surpassed that number in just seven games. It may be a crowded backfield, but for the price of Agholor, it may be worth it to the team with one of the best offensive lines in football.

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