Melvin Gordon is staying in the AFC West, as the Denver Broncos are signing the running back to a two-year, $16-million contract with $13.5 million guaranteed, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The tailback held out for the first three weeks of the 2019 campaign amid a contract dispute. He reportedly intended to sit the year and then leave Los Angeles as a free agent before deciding to rejoin his teammates in late September.
The 26-year-old had hoped to surpass $10 million per season on his new contract, but his demands weren't well received on the open market.
Gordon's landing spot is an interesting one, as he joins Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in a crowded Denver backfield. While Lindsay proved to be a dynamic weapon as an undrafted free agent, Freeman has largely disappointed thus far after being a third-round pick in 2018.
The former first-round pick is coming off a disappointing season in which he ran for 612 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 3.8 yards per carry and losing two fumbles. The two-time Pro Bowler averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2018.