Report: Eagles made a trade offer for Melvin Gordon

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 04, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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Instagram never lies. 

This past weekened it was discovered that Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon started following the Eagles on Instagram. The discovery was mostly laughed at, but now, there is a report that the Eagles made a trade offer to the Chargers for Gordon. 

The offer, per Sports Illustrated's Albert BreerL

The Eagles looking into what it might take to land Gordon isn't surprising. Them apparently making an offer is. 

There is no denying Gordon is talented, but there are two main issues with bringing in Gordon. The first, and most important one, is that he isn’t playing for the Charges currently because of money. Gordon is on the final year of his contract and has a base salary of $5.6 million, a number that isn’t much for a player of Gordon’s caliber, but also isn’t such a small number it can’t just be glossed over. Bringing in Gordon, even if he did agree to play on his current deal, would take up roughly 33% of the Eagles’ remaining cap space. 

Since Gordon likely won’t be coming in without a new deal, however, the Eagles would have to feel comfortable handing him franchise-running back type deal. The expectation is that Gordon wants a contract similar to the one Todd Gurley got from the Los Angeles Rams, or maybe now close to the one Ezekiel Elliott got from the Dallas Cowboys. Spotrac set Gordon’s market value at 4-years, $47 million with an average salary of $11.7 million. 

While Roseman might be able to twist those numbers around to make it into a cap-friendly deal for the Eagles, it is very hard to see him committing any kind of significant money to a running back, especially after drafting Miles Sanders in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. 

With Sanders, Jordan Howard Darren Sproles and Corey Clement on the roster currently, the Eagles have zero need for Gordon. Gordon would be the best running back on the roster, but it is very hard to see the Eagles deciding to bring in Gordon and take away a ton of touches from both Sanders. Swapping him out with Howard does make some sense, assuming Gordon would play. They also likely have zero desire to give Gordon the money he wants considering he won't be a full-time, No. 1 running back on the Eagles. 

If Gordon were agree to come to the Eagles without a new deal, accept a smaller role and the Chargers were to give him to the Eagles for a low-round draft pick, maybe something will happen -- especially if Roseman is trying to swing a deal. 

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