The Bears Must Sign Melvin Gordon Immediately

Jason Schandl
The Chicago Bears should target Melvin Gordon in free agency.
The Chicago Bears should target Melvin Gordon in free agency. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The free agent market has been moving quickly, with plenty of big names getting locked down before the league year even officially started.

One of the most high-profile players remaining on the market is Melvin Gordon. He may have disappointed last year, but the Los Angeles Chargers were a bit of a disaster all around, and his holdout-delayed start to the season didn't do him any favors. This is still a guy who had at least 1,300 yards from scrimmage and 12-plus total touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons.

That's the kind of weapon the Chicago Bears offense could use, and the Bears also have the cap space to make it happen.

The Bears sit above the NFL average with almost $25 million in salary cap space, and while Gordon was once looking to be one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, that ship may have sailed with his down year in 2019, making him affordable for Chicago.

The Bears backfield isn't exactly barren, but at this point Tarik Cohen is more slot receiver than running back, having seen 104 targets and a career-low 64 carries in 2109, and he's now had more targets than rushes in two consecutive seasons.

David Montgomery had plenty of hype coming into his rookie year, but he averaged an underwhelming 3.7 yards per rush attempt. Some of that came from poor offensive line play, but his 1.6 yards after contact per attempt were tied for the second fewest among 47 qualifying players. The hit rate on third-round draft picks isn't exactly high, and passing up on a top talent like Gordon in hopes that Montgomery realizes his hype would be a mistake.

The Bears are clearly looking to upgrade this offense, also pursuing alternatives to Mitchell Trubisky at the quarterback spot.

Giving whoever their new QB ends up being an extra weapon in Gordon could go a long way to making this offense strong enough to make a playoff push, especially while paired with Chicago's outstanding defense.

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