Who’s benefited more from swap of Chris Harris and Melvin Gordon?
As the Broncos and Chargers head into Sunday’s Week 8 matchup with each team sitting at 2-4 and their respective seasons on the line, who got the best of the No. 25 star swap in the offseason?
Melvin Gordon — who signed a two-year, $16 million free-agent contract with Denver in March — has 82 rushes for 349 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncos’ new backfield centerpiece alongside third-year pro Phillip Lindsay.
Cornerback Chris Harris, meanwhile, had 15 total tackles and one pass defensed in three games for his new employer in Los Angeles. The nine-year Denver veteran signed a two year, $20.5 million free-agent deal in the offseason, but has spent the majority of this season on injured reserve after hurting his foot in Week 3.
While Harris has been sidelined, Gordon’s had issues of his own in Denver. The 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of DUI in downtown Denver on Oct. 13 after being pulled over for allegedly driving 71 mph in a 35-mph zone. He missed that week’s game against New England due to a non-COVID related illness. In his return last Sunday against Kansas City, he rushed for 68 yards but was also involved in two fumbles.
Gordon’s provided much-needed depth at the position for Denver amid Lindsay’s injury issues, as Lindsay missed three games with a toe injury and exited the Chiefs game with a concussion. And Gordon also showed his big-game ability in the performance prior to his DUI arrest, running for 107 yards on 23 carries in the road win over the Jets on Oct. 1.
But Gordon, who racked up 4,240 yards and 47 touchdowns over five seasons with the Chargers, hasn’t yet played up to his pay scale in Denver. That’s not to mention the fact he’s likely facing a three-game suspension once the legal process plays out. Gordon is set for arraignment Nov. 13.
So who has won the swap of No. 25s? That’s hard to tell this early, especially with Harris unable to play due to injury. What is clear is that six games into the swap, it’s looking like an overspend by both teams.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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