The Denver Broncos need to release Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos, Melvin Gordon (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos, Melvin Gordon (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos signed Melvin Gordon before the 2020 season and re-signed him this offseason. However, it’s time to end this era in Denver.  Both things can be true here:

  • Melvin Gordon is a rock-solid running back who has been a consistent force on the Broncos ‘ offense for a while now
  • His fumbles are a massive issue and negate a lot of good that he’s done for Denver

Melvin Gordon becoming a liability for the Denver Broncos

This is getting ridiculous.  Melvin Gordon has a massive, massive fumbling problem, and I don’t think the Broncos should allow this to keep happening anymore.  Gordon is a talented running back who went to a running back college and got drafted in the first round.

He’s a multiple-time Pro Bowler and has over 6,000 career rushing yards, all of that is great.  However, since signing with the Denver Broncos, Melvin Gordon has continually put the team in bad positions with his fumbling.

According to Pro Football Reference, Gordon has 10 fumbles in 34 games with the Broncos.  In his first five seasons in the NFL, he played in 67 games and had 14 fumbles.  Ever since arriving in Denver, this has been a big issue for him.

He already has three fumbles this season.  What makes this even more of an issue is when the fumbles have come.  The Denver Broncos were able to recover his fumble in week three, but he’s fumbled multiple times at the goal line, and also during games when a turning point was approaching.

As many would say, ball security is job security, and Gordon’s ball security is horrible.  I do think the Broncos simply need to cut ties with Melvin Gordon at this point.  It’s clear that he hasn’t done enough to improve this issue, and there’s no reason to believe he will do something to improve on it.

Javonte Williams can do every Melvin Gordon can.  He’s also younger and better overall.  Williams should be receiving a majority of the carries anyway, and I wouldn’t hate it if Mike Boone was given the chance to be the RB2 in this system.

I also wouldn’t hate it if Denver simply brought in another running back to take Gordon’s place on the roster.  Whatever the solution could be, I think something needs to be done.  Melvin Gordon cannot keep getting away with these fumbles, which have hurt the Denver Broncos time and time again.