Two of the NFL’s young superstars, Melvin Gordon and Jalen Ramsey, could soon be wearing different jerseys.
Gordon has been holding out for a new contract from the Los Angeles Chargers and though he recently stated that he will play somewhere this season, that may not necessarily be in Los Angeles.
Ramsey, easily one of the league’s best defensive backs, has requested a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars but intends to play in the team’s Thursday night matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
Chargers fans would love to see Ramsey be lured to L.A., even if it goes against the business plan the organization has run for decades. His former college teammate, Derwin James, would love to see it too.
So it’s easy, right? Two disgruntled stars, maybe they could just be swapped straight across? Well, that almost certainly won’t happen. Trades in the NFL usually don’t happen the way they do in video games, but if the Chargers are able to trade Gordon, perhaps there is a way they could use the return they were able to bring in as ammunition in a trade for Ramsey.
Yes, this would be very unlike the Chargers. Yes, the Spanos family is usually against a transaction like this one but let’s have a little fun and look at some of the running back-ravaged teams in the league and see what could be possible, shall we?
For argument sake, we’ll imagine that the Chargers could gain a couple of draft picks in exchange for Gordon in these deals, and perhaps a team would even be willing to part with a second-rounder. Jacksonville has stated that it would like to get two first-round picks for Ramsey, but perhaps a first and a second in next year’s draft would be enough to sway them.