Should Baltimore Ravens be interested in Melvin Gordon?
What will it cost?
If the Baltimore Ravens decided to reach out to the Los Angeles Chargers for Melvin Gordon, it wouldn’t come cheap. Gordon would likely cost a minimum of a second round pick. Considering Baltimore’s lack of consistency in the second round of the NFL Draft, perhaps that could be a blessing in disguise.
It would take some convincing to get LAC to move on from Gordon, however. After Godorn, the Chargers running back depth is bleak. Austin Ekeler looks to be an above-average receiver and could develop into a solid all-around back. Beyond him is nothing to write home about. This is why if the Ravens called for Gordon they’d have to be willing to part with one of their running backs.
In an ideal world, Baltimore could trade a third round pick and Kenneth Dixon for Melvin Gordon, but that seems too good to be true. Instead, the Ravens may have to offer up Gus Edwards and move that draft pick up to a second rounder. There likely won’t be much interest in offering up the 29-year old Mark Ingram, and Edwards showed as a rookie that he can carry the load for a team.
It’s not the best trade in the world for the Chargers and they shouldn’t move him anyways. But, unloading what would be a massive contract extension, in return for a former undrafted running back and his contract is appealing. An additional second round pick in an upcoming 2020 NFL Draft with running backs aplenty is also worth a conversation.
A guy like Melvin Gordon shouldn’t be available, and in all likelihood he won’t be. If for some crazy reason the Chargers decide to ship out Gordon, Baltimore should at least make a phone call and gauge his value.