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Melvin Gordon Waived: 3 These Teams Should Claim Him

  • Justin Melo
  • November 21, 2022
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The Denver Broncos waived veteran running back Melvin Gordon on Monday afternoon, according to multiple reports. Gordon fumbled in Sunday’s overtime defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Broncos were fortunate to recover, but Denver’s decision-makers have officially run out of patience with his lack of ball security. Gordon has fumbled five times in 10 games this season.

Gordon has rushed for 318 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries this season. Gordon’s 3.5 yards per carry average leaves plenty to be desired, but Denver’s injuries and constant shuffling of their offensive line haven’t done him any favors. A dual-threat back, Gordon has added 25 receptions for 223 receiving yards to his offensive totals.

The 29-year-old can help a postseason contender. He’ll now be subject to the waiver claim process. We’ve identified three teams who should consider claiming Melvin Gordon.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman recently proved his willingness to add veterans to his roster in the middle of the season. Roseman signed both Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh last week. Gordon’s availability will likely intrigue Roseman for several reasons.

The Eagles are averaging 142.5 rushing yards per contest. They’re the league’s sixth-best rushing offense on a per weekly basis, but cracks in the armor have recently been exposed. The Eagles netted a season-low 94 rushing yards in a Week 10 defeat to the Washington Commanders. The trio of Eagles running backs was held to a combined 55 rushing yards on 17 attempts (3.2 yards per carry) in a narrow Week 11 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

There’s a notable connection to explore too. Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen served as Gordon’s offensive coordinator throughout a portion of the 2019 campaign with the Los Angeles Chargers. Steichen worked in various roles on the Chargers’ offensive staff during Gordon’s five-year tenure (2015-19) in Los Angeles. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni also spent time with Gordon in L.A. Few staffs are more familiar with Gordon than Philadelphia’s is

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Buccaneers are averaging a league-low 70.7 rushing yards per contest. Struggles across the interior of Tampa Bay’s offensive line have capped their rushing capabilities. Rookie ball-carrier Rachaad White has begun earning more touches at the expense of veteran Leonard Fournette. The Buccaneers are desperately searching for answers to their run-game woes.

For all of the Buccaneers’ shortcomings, they still appear headed for the postseason via the NFC South’s division title. Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has routinely flashed a willingness to acquire veterans to play alongside 45-year-old quarterback Tom Brady. The list of aging playmakers that have joined Brady in Tampa in hopes of capturing a Super Bowl ring is lengthy.

The Buccaneers are on their last legs. A three-year Super Bowl window is expected to slam shut at the conclusion of the current campaign. Claiming Gordon could improve their dwindling rushing attack, which ultimately enhances their postseason aspirations.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Bengals superstar running back Joe Mixon suffered a concussion in Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mixon was swiftly ruled out of the contest and will now enter the league’s concussion protocol. A date with the Tennessee Titans’ elite run defense looms large in Week 12. Mixon’s availability is officially on the clock.

Samaje Perine is an adequate No. 2 running back. Perine would step into the starting role should Mixon be forced to spend time on the sidelines. Cincinnati’s running back depth would come into question, however. The 6-4 Bengals currently own the conference’s seventh seed and final postseason spot. The wild-card race is loaded with would-be contenders, including the New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers, who are on the outside chasing the Bengals.

The Bengals are averaging a pathetic 95.1 rushing yards per contest. They’re the 28th-ranked unit in that department. An injury to Mixon threatens to further impede their abilities to run the football. Adding Melvin Gordon would help keep the Bengals ahead of the curve in the AFC’s jumbled wild-card race.