He did hold out four games last season before returning once he realized that a contract was not coming at that time, and he split time with Ekeler. Now, his $8 million per season average makes him the fourth-highest paid running back in the league, ranking behind Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, David Johnson now of the Houston Texans, and Kenyan Drake of the Arizona Cardinals. The last two players on that list above Gordon also switched teams within the last year, with Drake getting traded from the Dolphins, and Johnson getting dealt earlier this week from Arizona.
Gordon is a former first-round draft pick of the Chargers, and in his five NFL seasons, he has totaled 4,240 yards on the ground, 1,873 receiving yards, 36 rushing touchdowns, 11 touchdowns through the air, and 224 catches. After returning this past season, he averaged 3.8 yards per carry, and Ekeler stepping up in a big way while he was sitting hurt his chances of staying with the organization. The veteran now joins a team that already has a talented young running back in Phillip Lindsay, who has totaled over 1,000 yards on the ground in each of his first two NFL seasons. Those two should make for a dynamic duo behind projected starting quarterback Drew Lock in 2020.