The Baltimore Ravens should not pursue a trade for Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon:
Melvin Gordon has been given a chance by the Los Angeles Chargers to find a team willing to trade for him. While Gordon is one of the best running backs in the National Football League, the Baltimore Ravens shouldn’t go after him. Trading for Gordon is an idea that doesn’t really add up.
Whenever you’re trading for a player in a contract hold out, that contract becomes your problem. Gordon isn’t happy with the amount of guaranteed money in his contract. He views it as a Chargers friendly deal that needs to be adjusted. Eric DeCosta doesn’t need that kind of a headache.
The Ravens made their big acquisition to the backfield by signing Mark Ingram. If the Ravens ended up trading for Gordon, they may as well have backed the truck up and paid Le’Veon Bell in free agency.
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The Ravens got Ingram to be the workhorse of the offense. They got the right player for their offense at the right price. Baltimore also has Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. That’s more than enough talent at the running back position. The Ravens already are looking at the opportunity of being the best running team in the NFL.
The league has gone trade crazy all of the sudden. The Seattle Seahawks acquired Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans traded for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills and gave up two first round picks in the process. It’s been a crazy day, that doesn’t mean the Ravens have to join in to the craziness. Trading for Gordon sounds like something you would do in Madden, not something that works in reality.
Justice Hill looks like a player who could come in and be an X-factor. Trading for Gordon might slow down Hill’s ascension into the ranks of the league’s best play-makers. Hill needs to be given as many chances to touch the football as possible. He has the kind of potential that you see from first round picks, not fourth rounders.
The Ravens are building towards the future and they will have a lot of key players entering their second contracts soon enough. The Ravens would be making a poor decision if they traded for Gordon. The Ravens running backs are playing at an actual bargain. Satisfying Gordon would be anything but a bargain.
It sounds good. The Ravens could add one of the best running backs in football via trade, right before the season. It’s not going to happen though and for good reason. The Ravens are good at running the football. The idea of trading for Gordon is one of fixing something that isn’t broken.