What is the biggest deal you would be willing to sign Melvin Gordon to right now?
Michael Peterson: Although it might be costly, I’d be willing to go up to $11 million/yr if they were able to structure it to benefit the pending signings in 2020 and 2021. At the minimum, I would give him enough so he’s not making less than LeSean McCoy, Devonta Freeman, and Saquon Barkley. He deserves to be paid more than those guys. There’s a big jump between Freeman’s 8.25 mil and David Johnson $13 mil/yr so I’d be okay with somewhere between that. Probably 4 years/ $45 million.
Matthew Stanley: I think the most I’d be okay with is a 4 year 36M deal, with an out after the 3rd year. Even that feels a tad rich for me but he has “earned it.” What I mean is that he’s a fantastic running back, and it’s not his fault, but the RB position in today’s NFL isn’t worth the premier contract money.
Jamie Sewell: I’d be happy with 3 years, 28m. That’s never going to be a realistic deal so let him go. The Chargers have bigger needs to fill.
Richard Wade: I’d be willing to go another year at about the same rate as Jamie’s suggestion. I think 4 years and $36 million is fair and the highest number I would be happy to see him get in Los Angeles.
Garrett Sisti: I don’t think Melvin Gordon would take anything less than a 4 year deal and once the yearly breakdown becomes double digits I’m out. The highest I’m willing to go is 4 years/$36M with $10M guaranteed. That contract would have to be backloaded and have a ripcord after his 2nd season.
Jason Michaels: 4 years at 9 mil avg. 24mil guaranteed. Year one is 5.6, same as contracted. Year two is 15, three and four are 10 and 8. Very fair and the highest I’d go.
Lou Gorini: I’m a realist and don’t think they can get him for a deal similar to Devonta Freeman (I believe that’s 9/ mill a year). To be fair I’d say 4 years $40 million (with escalators to get to $44 million) $25 million guaranteed (same as Bell)
Nate Lewkowitz: I stand by my comment on one of the Gordon posts the last few days where I said my final offer would be 4 years 45 million. I’ll say 24 of that is the very most they should guarantee.
Jamie Hoyle: My offer would top out at 4 years, $40M with $28M in total guarantees. I’d give him a $10M signing bonus, guarantee his 2020 and 2021 base salaries ($5M) on the third league day of the 2019 league year, and split the remaining $8M into roster bonuses in 2020 and 2021, with the 2020 roster bonus becoming fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2019 league year, and the 2021 roster bonus becoming fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2020 league year. The remaining $12M would be spread out as base salary over the last two years of the deal. The catch would be that he play out his fifth year option as-is so the team can maintain some flexibility. This would allow him to make $12M guaranteed in 2020 and 2021 ($5M base + $3M pro rated signing bonus +$4M roster bonus), but it would give the team an out after years two and three, with them being able to eat $3M in pro rated bonuses in order to save $6M in base salary.
Mike Murray: On the pro Gordon side is the fact that the Chargers are better with him on the field and the fact that they legitimately have a shot at the Super Bowl this year. Whats going against Gordon, is the Chargers are deep at running back and while they are better with Gordon, they are not horrible without him. But what really bothers me as the GM, is that I have other guys to sign in the upcoming years - guys like Bosa. I am much more willing to throw big dollars at Bosa than I am at Gordon, mainly for the fact that Bosa is not easily replaceable. I think that lands me in that 4 year $40 million range, but that makes me a bit uncomfortable, but what I am willing to do it to keep continuity going because the title game is looming.
Daniel Stebbins: I’d be agreeable if the team went as high as a four year $44 million extension. As always, I’m sure the team would structure it well so they have an out after year two and an extremely easy out after year three which makes this more digestible (even if it is a lot for a RB). Although I liked what we saw from Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome, I’m not confident in saying that the team can rely on them to be major contributors should they go forward without Gordon in 2019. It’s in that detail where I get hung up about them letting him sit or trading him away. When they let Tyrell Williams walk, a talent they grew in-house and normally the type of player you want to keep around, it made sense due to the known depth of the position and potential in other players developing. Here, with the RB’s, it’s more of the latter which is harder to bet on especially when the team has been demonstrative in their belief in having a strong running game. Gordon deserves to be paid as one of the better backs in this league and I believe he will be here in Los Angeles at the end of the day.