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    MGIII is an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season. He is talking about the rich deal that Gurley recently signed at ~$15M per yr. I like Melvin, but can't see paying a RB that much dough. We'll need another bellcow back in the next few years, unless Justin Jackson can be that guy. The thing is that Rivers will be winding down his career too by around that time, and do we want both a new QB and a new RB at the same time? Or, do we keep Gordon on a rich contract while a young QB is groomed? I can't see paying Gordon $12M to $14M per.

  • #2
    Gordon has had the knee microfracture surgery. I canít see giving him a new, long term, big dollars contract with lots of guarantees.
    Moving to LA is not a good business decision, it’s a death sentence.

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    • #3
      Let's cross that bridge when we get to it.
      "...of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by coachmarkos View Post
        Let's cross that bridge when we get to it.
        That bridge is closer than it appears.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Attack View Post

          That bridge is closer than it appears.
          LOL true enough. They really have to get through this season though. If he has another injury, or a bunch of nagging injuries or whatever.

          If he earns it, he'll get paid.
          "...of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."

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          • #6
            The harsh reality is that players at the RB position are "disposable" in today's league and while I think Gordon is a good back, as F21 points out, that micro-fracture surgery does not bode well for a long career. I'm curious to see how Jackson and Ekeler look. I have a sneaky feeling that Jackson could surprise a lot of people. We have the luxury of watching this and next season before making a decision.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Formula 21 View Post
              Gordon has had the knee microfracture surgery. I canít see giving him a new, long term, big dollars contract with lots of guarantees.
              didn't he play all year last year without problems from that procedure? When successful, that procedure grows a new layer of hard cartilage covering the bone in the joint and leaves it stronger than before the procedure.
              Chagras Got no barg!!!!!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SDfan View Post

                didn't he play all year last year without problems from that procedure? When successful, that procedure grows a new layer of hard cartilage covering the bone in the joint and leaves it stronger than before the procedure.
                He did.

                Another point worth considering is he's 25 years old. We all know the history of RB's once they get over 30. It's not a hard and fast rule, but I'd hesitate to put a huge contract in front of him for multiple year at age 27. It may be worth reworking his deal at the end of this season though, assuming he can continue to grow as a player.
                "...of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."

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                • richpjr
                  richpjr commented
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                  You're a Charger one year at a time.

              • #9
                Hmmm, I wonder what the average age of the RB was on the last say 10 SB winning teams. Getting younger, older, same roughly?

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                • #10
                  Decent RB's can be had anywhere in the draft or FA market. Not a position to be spending big dollars on.

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                  • #11
                    If he establishes he is a big part of the offense that we cant do without and we make waves due to him then id say pay him well. At this point id say he isnt there yet but he IS a good back that is still ascending if healthy. Our offense does need a versatile back to give it options and he is a good fit. He isnt LT that deserved top dollar but we also have an overall better passing attack than running and are not as reliant on a rb at this point. To me its a wait and see.

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                    • #12
                      Gordon is a good not great back. He isnít going to get top dollar but if he can put his ego aside and accept good rb money then I hope we keep him.

                      If if we have to break the bank for him it will hurt us in the long run. Gotta be smart about rbs and big contracts. Spend that money on a very good ol and then you can plug and play anyone at rb.

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                      • #13
                        And Ekeler is in the wing waiting for his time as #1 rb.
                        Moving to LA is not a good business decision, it’s a death sentence.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by SDfan View Post

                          didn't he play all year last year without problems from that procedure? When successful, that procedure grows a new layer of hard cartilage covering the bone in the joint and leaves it stronger than before the procedure.
                          Agree. That surgery imo isn't a factor. The average RB life in the NFL lasts three years or so without microfracture surgery. He had one more season to show he is worthy of a big deal. He has done pretty decent with a below decent OL.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Formula 21 View Post
                            And Ekeler is in the wing waiting for his time as #1 rb.
                            all comments I've seen about him indicate the team sees Ekeler as a change of pace back, home run threat running and catching. Never seen any indication he is viewed as eventual "starter".
                            Chagras Got no barg!!!!!!!

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                            • Formula 21
                              Formula 21 commented
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                              With the same OL, Ekeler has shown far more ability to break past the LOS than MG III has. I view Gordon as a “volume” back who get his yardage through lots of short runs. I see Ekeler as much more explosive and able to break the longer runs and get his yardage that way. I’d love to see Ekeler get more time on 1st and 2nd downs.

                              And either way, I’m not happy with what I saw from the OL in the 1st game.

                            • Charged4Life
                              Charged4Life commented
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                              F21 has it right. Ekeler could do more when the blocking isn't so great than Gordon. Probably because Ekeler has better instincts and initial explosiveness than Gordon. At least he shows me that. Gordon is too hesitant too many times. Too slow at the gate if you will. I hope he improves and reaches that next level though.

                          • #16
                            I am a firm believer that if you have an above average line, RB is the easiest roster spot to fill.

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                            • Bearded14YourPleasure
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                              When was the last time we had an above average line?

                            • Panamamike
                              Panamamike commented
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                              1) that is my point. In a salary cap league don't spend a fortune on the RB position. Build the line. I view RB as a meat grinder position.
                              2) i firmly believe we will have an above average oline this season and this will be the catalyst, in combination with a top 5 scoring D, to a Superbowl victory.
                              3) the answer to your question is 14-2. Unfortunately we didn't recover from 2 key premature retirements on the oline following that. Wasn't for a lack of spending, although i believe the best lines are built in House via the draft.
                              Last edited by Panamamike; 08-14-2018, 11:05 PM.

                          • #17
                            While i love gordon. Theres no way in 2020 im paying him more or equal to todd gurley or leveon bell or zeke. Im sorry im just not i rather trade him the year before, i mean ges a good back but he isnt gonna be worth 15 to 20 mill a year. I rather see what ekler and neesome could do

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                            • #18
                              Here is what kills me about Melvin and I saw it again as recently as the Seahawk game on a safety valve pass...I have NEVER seen a rb get tripped up in the open field from behind as much as him. So many times he has a wide open field but the last defender gets a finger on his heel and down he goes. It is not because he is not physical. Must be a balance and acceleration thing?

                              TG
                              Like, how am I a traitor? Your team are traitors.

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                              • richpjr
                                richpjr commented
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                                I think it's a balance thing due to his long stride.

                            • #19
                              Gordon behind a good line would be incredibly good. He isnt the type to make holes but give him a hole and he can make the second level defenders miss. He is a fighter type that i do think has good balance to stay up but foot tackles are his achilles. Watch him in college and he was ridiculous against very good defenses but he had a good line blocking. Weve just had horse manure run blocking and he started out getting dinged up. With Pouncey and hopefully Lamp on the line we might just develop an above avg run blocking line. Keep the line healthy and gelling together and he could have a top 5 rb season easily...maybe even lead the league type season.

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