By: Ryan Cooley
I recently wrote an article about whether or not the Chargers and Cowboys should pay their star RBs. Since then, Gordon’s days as a Charger seem to be coming to an end. This, of course, is not a guarantee.
This list is more than just teams that need a RB. It is teams that could use an upgrade at the position and would make them instant contenders.
The Ravens signed Mark Ingram this offseason in hopes to create a deadly rushing tandem between him and Jackson. However, Ingram is far from a sure thing and has had a fairly inconsistent career. Ingram was known as an average back until the emergence of Alvin Kamara. Ingram and Kamara then took over the league, ripping defenses to shreds.
There is no telling if Ingram can recapture that magic in a Ravens uniform. Gordon, on the other hand, is much more of a for sure thing. He would also help Lamar in the passing game. The last two seasons, Gordon has averaged around 50 receptions for close to 500 yds. While I believe Ingram is a capable back, Gordon would help the offense out much more.
Los Angeles Chargers
Yes, it is a little anti-climactic that the Chargers are on this list. However, I did just make an article about why they need Gordon. If the Chargers decide to move on from him, the offense will most likely become one dimensional.
Austin Ekler is a back up running back, not a starter. Sure some of his stats are impressive, but how would he handle getting 15 touches a game?
Melvin Gordon fits seamlessly into the offense and I believe if the Chargers do move on from him, they will regret it.
Green Bay Packers
Rodgers has never had an elite RB his whole career. Eddie Lacy was a good back for about two years. Giving Rodgers a weapon like Gordon would give the Packers one of the best offenses in the league.
The Packers would finally become an offense that could be a threat in the air and on the ground. Rodgers, Gordon, and Adams would make for a scary trio.
I like this fit a lot. However, reports have come out that the Texans are not very interested in trading for Gordon. Lamar Miller has been a solid back for the Texans but is no comparison to Gordon. He would take significant pressure off of Watson and would make the Texans dangerous in both the pass and run game.
Giving Watson the ability to dump the ball off to Gordon when under pressure would be great. Instead of running for his life and getting hit every other play, Watson would stay upright much more since Gordon can become his security blanket.
The Colts may be the least likely trade candidate, but crazier things have happened in the NFL. Chris Ballard made it clear this offseason that the Colts would not be a team that throws money around.
It is still a trade that would make people begin to talk about the Colts potentially being the best team in the league. Luck’s injury history tells us that the more pressure off him, the better. Being able to hand the ball off or throw a quick screen to a threat like Gordon would be huge.