As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for the 2019 season, they should consider trading for current Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.
Less than a year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were extremely close to earning their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969. The Chiefs’ success last season was even more impressive considering the team let go of starting running back Kareem Hunt in December after a video of him assaulting a woman was released to the public.
Hunt was a big part of Kansas City’s offense in 2018 and their rushing attack took a big hit after he and the team parted ways. But it was a decision that the Chiefs absolutely had to make, no matter how it impacted the team on the field.
Heading into the 2019 season, Kansas City’s group of running backs currently consists of Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde and a bunch of other players with very little NFL experience. The Chiefs’ backfield is certainly one aspect of their team that could use an upgrade this year.
Conveniently, there happens to be a talented running back on the market that Kansas City is very familiar with in Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Gordon is currently in the middle of a contract holdout and he has stated previously that he either wants a new deal from the Chargers or to be traded. If Los Angeles actually ends up looking to send the running back elsewhere, the Chiefs should be doing their best to make sure he lands with them.
Now, since Kansas City and the Chargers are in the same division, the compensation to acquire Gordon may be a little higher for the Chiefs than it would for almost any other team in the NFL. If Kansas City is willing to give up a few early-round draft picks, then they may be able to land the talented running back.
The Chiefs even have the cap space necessary to offer Gordon an extension that should satisfy his desires. So to help convince those who are still skeptical about Kansas City trying to trade for the running back, let’s check out a few reasons why they should take the leap and make the move.