Melvin Gordon is a free agent. The star running back is finally getting his chance to get that massive contract he was waiting for.

However, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. At least, it won’t be happening how he envisioned it.

Gordon could have signed with the Los Angeles Chargers to a contract worth roughly $10-million a year last season. He turned it down though.

Now, according to Michael David Smith of, he’s not getting any offers close to that.

Melvin Gordon sort of gambled on himself by not signing that big contract. Props to him for believing he could do it.

It backfired though. Gordon appeared in 12 games last season, and didn’t have a great time.

In 2018, Gordon also appeared in 12 games. That year though, he ran for 885 yards on 175 carries (5.1 yards per carry) and had 10 touchdowns. He also had 50 receptions for 490 yards and four more touchdowns. He only fumbled once.

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In 2019, Gordon had 612 yards on 162 carries (3.8 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. This time he added just 42 receptions for 296 yards and one touchdown. He also fumbled four times.

The numbers were drastically different, and they’ve clearly changed the perception about him.

A lot of teams would likely still love to have Melvin Gordon on their team. However, not for anything near the price they would have given him last offseason.

Now it will be interesting to see what the running back decides to do. Will he take a long-term deal for significantly less money than he wanted?

Or will he bet on himself again and take a one-year deal? That way he can try to re-invent himself and get the price back up to something closer to what he originally wanted.

Time will tell, but as of right now, Gordon is going to have to settle for a lot less than he could have in 2019.