Report: Melvin Gordon turned down more money to sign with Broncos, stay in safe division as Chargers
Melvin Gordon wants to make life miserable as often as possible for the Los Angeles Chargers. And according to one report, that’s the reason why the former Wisconsin running back decided to sign with the Denver Broncos and remain in the AFC West.
Gordon inked a two-year deal worth $16 million to play in Denver, with $13.5 million guaranteed. But the running back could’ve received a better deal, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, but opted to stay within the division so he could play his former team twice per year.
“It is also worth noting that Gordon had interest — a lot of interest,” Rapoport said. “He actually turned down a better offer from another team because he wanted to stay in the same division as the Chargers and play against them twice a year. That is something that’s going to be worth watching.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2020
Last season, Gordon held out from four games in an attempt to land a better contract from the Chargers. After that, it seemed unlikely that the former Badger would return to Los Angeles.
Gordon went on to rush for 612 yards and eight touchdowns, while also totaling 296 receiving yards and another touchdown.
It should be fun to see what kind of motivation Gordon brings to the field when the Broncos take on the Chargers next year.