Longtime NFL veteran running back Melvin Gordon has signed a new contract with the Denver Broncos. Gordon spent the first five years of his career with the Los Angeles Chargers (2015-2019) the last two seasons with the Denver Broncos (2020-2021).

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos, agrees to contract

In 2021, Pro Football Focus recognized Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams as one of the most elite running back duos in the NFL. They became just the eighth pair in NFL history to each rush 1,000 yards in a season. In Week 14, PFF gave Gordon a top-10 rushing rating among running backs (78.0). He and Williams were responsible for reviving Denver’s running game.

Gordon finished the 2020 season with 215 carries for 986 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns to go along with 32 receptions for 158 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. He led the team in all major racing categories.

Gordon made his debut for the Broncos in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. During the game, Gordon rushed 15 times for 78 yards and a rushing touchdown. In Week 4 against the New York Jets, he had 23 carries for 107 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, including one game sealing a 43-yard touchdown in a 37-28 win. Against the Miami Dolphins in Week 11, Gordon rushed 15 times for 84 yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 20-13 win. In Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Gordon recorded 15 carries for 131 rushing yards in the 22-16 loss.

On March 26, 2020, Gordon signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Denver Broncos. He became one of the few running backs to offer solid value during the term of a second contract with the NFL.

On July 13, 2019, Gordon told the Chargers that if he did not receive a new contract, he would demand to be traded and skip training camp. The goal was to make as much money as running backs Todd Gurley, David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell. All won big second contracts but failed to live up to expectations.

Gordon has compiled 1,761 career hits. In February 2019, Gordon changed his jersey number from 28 to 25.

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