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Most Likely Trade Destinations for Melvin Gordon

David Kaestle
Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Chargers
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Melvin Gordon is still holding out. The Los Angeles Chargers' star running back has yet to report to training camp and has held strong on his promise not to do so without a new contract. A new contract that the Chargers don't seem to be in any hurry to hand out.

Will Melvin Gordon Play This Year?

If Gordon and the Chargers can't come to agreement sooner rather than later, then Melvin Gordon could be shipped out of town. With that in mind, here are three potential trade partners for the Chargers to consider in a swap for their star RB.

3. Seattle Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks have Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson in the backfield, but neither really outshined the competition last year. With an offense going through somewhat of a transition around Russell Wilson, Gordon could come in and be a true bell-cow running back. Gordon is also an excellent pass-catcher who could reap the benefits of Russell Wilson improvising and making plays from throws outside the pocket. Gordon could be a true do-it-all running back to match the do-it-all quarterback.

2. Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins need help all over the football field. Given the Dolphins are a team at the beginning of a complete rebuild, they could view Gordon as the jumpstart to that as a star player to both sell tickets and run the offense through. Gordon could come in and make the Dolphins' offense more dynamic, while also aiding in the development of second-year quarterback Josh Rosen, that is, if Rosen's able to win the starting job over Ryan Fitzpatrick at some point this season. Additionally, they have plenty of cap space to give Gordon a new deal after they trade for him.

1. Washington Redskins

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The Redskins certainly have some talent in their current backfield, but each of their RBs comes with his own respective question marks. Adrian Peterson can clearly still play in the NFL, but he is 34 years old and does have a fairly serious injury history. On the flip side, Derrius Guice is young and unproven. Highly regarded coming out of LSU last season, Guice saw his rookie season end before it started when he tore his ACL. Gordon could come in and be a more sure thing in a backfield that is missing exactly that. With roughly $11.3 million in available cap space, the Redskins might have to make a couple of roster moves to clear up cap space for Gordon's new contract, but if they really want him, it could be done.


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