The Chargers could be looking for a trade partner for Melvin Gordon, and it turns out the Eagles did have some interest.
The Chargers have postponed contract negotiations with Melvin Gordon until the 2019 season is over, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fielding offers for the running back.
Fans have pushed for the Chargers to trade their star back for some help along the offensive line, particularly Trent Williams in Washington. That, for a number of reasons, is clearly not going to happen.
Another team with depth along the offensive line is the Philadelphia Eagles, another popular name among trade discussions. However, it looks like the Eagles were planning on not giving up much to get Gordon.
Reportedly, here’s what would happen for both teams:
The Chargers, obviously, said no. There’s no need to take a one-dimensional back from the Eagles when Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are going to lead the way. Some compensation is better than no compensation, but the team doesn’t really benefit here in any way aside from having a running back who actually wants to show up to practice.
Months ago, the mere idea the Eagles would trade for Gordon was blasted by fans. After all, why would they, after drafting Miles Sanders and traded for Jordan Howard. Turns out, they absolutely would, so long as they got Gordon in place of Howard. With the Chargers eating Gordon’s salary in 2019, this would be a massive steal by the Eagles, even if it were just a one-year rental.