The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching, but there is still time for the Los Angeles Chargers to get rid of Melvin Gordon.
Gordon did finally find the end zone in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, but that hardly makes up for how poorly he has played since returning from his contract holdout, which lasted well into the regular season.
Just to put it into perspective in the way of statistics, Gordon has carried the ball 44 times for 112 yards and one touchdown on the year. He is averaging a measly 2.5 yards per carry. That doesn’t even touch on the chemistry issues he has created in the team’s backfield.
The Chargers would be better without Gordon, at least as far as this season is concerned and at this point, that is tough to argue. It seems that the long layoff hurt him and it’s obviously too late in the season to fix that now.
On top of that, the Chargers are not likely to sign Gordon to a new contract after the season. The two sides seem pretty far apart on what is a fair deal so Gordon would likely love to hit the open market. The Chargers should beat him to that punch.
Gordon’s name still carries plenty of value and teams in contention looking to (seemingly) upgrade their rushing attack could be interested. While the Chargers would likely be looking for compensation in the form of future draft choices, it’s hard to say what they would be offered in return for their former first-round pick.
However, a few teams, at the very least, could be interested in obtaining Gordon.