5 potential targets for Broncos at running back

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With Melvin Gordon’s contract expiring at the beginning of the league year, who could the Denver Broncos target to try and replace his production?

First off, let me say that if Melvin Gordon would be open to returning to the Denver Broncos, I am all for that. However, as it stands today, he is scheduled to become a free agent.

Gordon has had his ups and downs with the Denver Broncos, mostly ups, but there have been some unfortunate fumbles in between. Although the fumble against the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular-season finale technically gets credited to Gordon, that isn’t something I’m placing on him.

That was just a fantastic play from the other Melvin, edge rusher for the Kansas City Chiefs, Melvin Ingram.

In his two seasons with the Denver Broncos, Gordon has rushed for 1,904 yards, totaled 371 yards receiving, and scored 20 total touchdowns. Gordon was highly productive during his two seasons wearing the orange and blue.

Gordon had some memorable moments too. His touchdown reception in 2020 against the Pittsburgh Steelers was a phenomenal catch on a wheel route, his 70-yard rushing touchdown against the New York Giants in the season opener showcased some top-end speed also.

Gordon has been the red zone and short-yardage machine that the Denver Broncos were hoping for when he was brought in. That is an aspect of his game that I think will be sorely missed if he moves on to play for another franchise.

Again, I would absolutely be all for Gordon returning, but it is a business. There is a cap of financials and only so many funds to go around, which may force general manager George Paton to look in another direction to pair with tackle-breaking machine, Javonte Williams.