Ex-Chargers RB Melvin Gordon joins forces with rival Broncos

Running back Melvin Gordon is on the move from Los Angeles to an AFC West rival.

The Denver Broncos have signed 26-year-old Gordon to a two-year, $16 million contract with $13.5 million guaranteed according to NFL Network.

The two-time Pro Bowler joins Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in the Broncos backfield.

The Wisconsin product was selected 15th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the then-San Diego Chargers. He has accrued 4,240 rushing yards, 1,873 receiving yards and 47 total touchdowns over the span of his five-year career.

Gordon sat out the first four weeks of the 2019 season in protest that he had not received a new contract. During the holdout, undrafted free agent Austin Ekeler stepped in and ultimately took away from Gordon’s production even after his return in Week 5.

The Chargers signed 24-year-old Ekeler to a four-year, $24.5 million contract extension earlier this offseason. The team also has two years remaining on Justin Jackson’s rookie contract.

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