Roster Outlook: Veteran running back hits waiver wire, should the Eagles be interested?
The Eagles have made it abundantly clear that they’re all-in on a Super Bowl title this season.
GM Howie Roseman brought in Pro Bowl DTs Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh last week and has already gotten early returns on his investment. He may have a chance to add another veteran at a different position.
Following their seventh loss of the season, the Denver Broncos are waiving veteran RB Melvin Gordon. The decision comes after yet another pivotal fumble, a recurring theme in Gordon’s eight-year career.
As is always the question when a player becomes available, should the Eagles be interested?
Sources: The #Broncos make a move following Sunday’s loss, as Denver has waived veteran RB Melvin Gordon. A respected player who spent 3 years with the Broncos, Gordon’s fumbles proved too much. A fresh start for all parties.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 21, 2022
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The Eagles have had their own issues with ball security in recent weeks, so signing a player who’s prone to coughing up the ball in crucial moments may not be wise. Gordon has lost the football five times this season, the most since his rookie year. Yesterday’s fumble at the goal line appears to have been the final blow to his Denver tenure.
Woes aside, Gordon has 22 total TDs since 2020 and can get the tough yards necessary to wear down defenses. The Eagles were reportedly in the market for a running back at the trade deadline but came up empty-handed. As far as established talent, you aren’t going to find much better than Melvin Gordon at this point in the season.
Gordon is subject to waivers before becoming a free agent; any team who claims him would take on the rest of his one-year contract, including $836k in fully guaranteed salary.
Current RB Depth chart (2022 stats)
- Miles Sanders (757 yards, 6 TDs)
- Kenneth Gainwell (129 yards, 3 TDs)
- Boston Scott (84 yards, 1 TD)
- Trey Sermon (19 yards)
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