So ... it looks like there might have been something to Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon following the Philadelphia Eagles on Instagram after all? The following comes from national NFL reporter Albert Breer:
Did a little digging around on the Melvin Gordon trade market. To give you an idea of where it is, only offer I came across was from Philly.
In that deal, Jordan Howard would go to LA, the teams would swap mid-round picks, and the Chargers would eat salary. LA obviously said no.
Interesting! Some thoughts:
- This report is just another reminder that Howie Roseman really does check in on everything. Doesn’t hurt to ask!
- The Eagles’ offer is nothing close to the Chargers’ reported asking price of a first-round pick.
- This shouldn’t come as a surprise but Jordan Howard, who is a free agent after 2019, clearly isn’t the Eagles’ long-term plans. The fact the Eagles were willing to give Howard up also shows you they don’t think he’s this super critical piece for 2019. So, that could be good news for Miles Sanders’ outlook.
- On the other hand, what does it say about Sanders if the Eagles were willing to acquire Gordon? I don’t think the Eagles are down on Sanders by any means but they’re clearly not planning to make him a 20-carry per game workhorse.
- I wonder how Howard feels about the Eagles being willing to trade him away just six months after the Eagles traded FOR him.
- Gordon is set to make $5.6 million this year. The Eagles can afford that. But Gordon has been holding out as he seeks a long-term deal since he’s a free agent after this season. How would it work if he got traded to Philly? I doubt the Eagles would be willing to pay him the big money he desires.
- A backfield featuring Gordon, Sanders, Darren Sproles, and Corey Clement looks pretty nice on paper!
- I doubt we see the Eagles increase their offer for Gordon. I think this was a case of the Eagles seeing if they could get him for cheap.
UPDATE: More context from Breer.
And on the Eagles’ end, this was more of conceptual conversation that hadn’t gotten to any serious stage. They like their backfield depth, with Howard, rookie Miles Sanders, etc.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 4, 2019
Philosophically, they look into everything. That’s what this was for them. https://t.co/LzklkByDmx