Melvin Gordon has claimed that his position as a running back is currently the worst to play in the NFL at the minute, and the free agent isn’t necessarily happy about the way it’s impacted his chances to return into the league.
‘We just don’t get no love, it’s literally the worst position to play in the NFL right now, it sucks’ Gordon said on ‘The Jim Rome Show.’ I still want to play, I still got some tread left on the tire…
‘It’s just about the right situation and it’s just so tough for running backs right now.’
Gordon, 29, hasn’t been in the thick of NFL action since being waived by the Denver Broncos in November, although he signed a practice-squad contract with the Kansas City Chiefs without ever appearing for the Super Bowl LVII champs.
Now, he’s back to square one and has a month to find a new team before the start of NFL training camps at the end of July.
Free agent NFL running back Melvin Gordon claims his position among the worst in the league
‘I’m just staying ready because I know what I can do,’ Gordon added. ‘I know once I get in camp or any camp, I can turn some heads. I know what I need to do. I know my mistakes that I’ve made and you have to be able to correct them, but I’m ready to go.’
After developing into one of the most productive backfield duos with then-rookie Javonte Williams in the NFL for the 2021 season, Gordon re-signed with the Broncos on a one-year deal before being cut mid-way through last season.
The two-time Pro Bowler’s fumble against the Las Vegas Raiders on November 21 – his fifth in six starts – proved to be costly, with the Broncos already struggling on offense in Russell Wilson’s first year as the team’s new quarterback.
What’s more is that Gordon’s high tally of fumbles last season was also the most since his rookie year in 2015. He was waived despite Williams sitting out for the entirety of the 2022-23 season due to a torn ACL.
That’s a far cry from Gordon’s 917-yard rushing season in 2021, when he also had eight touchdowns on 203 carries.
This offseason, a core of veteran running backs, including the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook will be free agents, and although these players remain talented, teams don’t necessarily value the position as one to urgently fill in order to find success.
Gordon enjoyed a successful 2021 season with the Broncos before being cut last season after registering five fumbles in six starts
Gordon claims Todd Gurley’s career trajectory is to blame for the downfall in running backs
Gordon blames LA Rams head coach Sean McVay’s treatment of Todd Gurley as a turning point for his position’s downfall in stock.
‘In my opinion, I think after Todd got paid and then Sean McVay came out and said, ”I will never pay a running back again; I’ll just use them and rotate them out,’ ‘I think after that statement was made, and then I think they won the Super Bowl, it was like everybody just followed suit,’ Gordon said.
Gurley signed a four-year $60million contract extension in July 2018, making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time, before he was released by LA, two years later.
What makes matters worst is that the Rams won the Super Bowl a year after Gurley, who’s been battling ongoing arthritis, was cut, in 2021.
NFL teams now go for cheaper and younger running backs emerging out of the late rounds of the draft. Over the years, almost every NFL position has seen a salary increase except for running backs, who’ve lost value.
In 2015, franchise tag allocated to running backs was $10.93M in contrast to this offseason, when it’s $10.09M.
‘It’s hard, though. It’s hard training knowing that you’re not gonna be on a team,’ Gordon said. ‘It’s tough mentally. But I talked to some players that went through it and I’m just taking their advice, being a sponge, and it kind of helps you get through it.’