Melvin Gordon stopped on the way from the field after the Broncos’ 28-24 loss to Kansas City on Saturday and gave his braces to a young fan.
Admittedly emotionally charged, Gordon – who rushed to 110 yards and a touchdown but also had a quarter in the fourth quarter that turned the game’s momentum – captured the final moments of what could become his last game as a Bronco. Gordon has expressed his desire to return to Denver’s backfield in 2022, but is now ready to become a free agent.
“I sucked it in a little bit and took (the stage) for what it was,” Gordon said. “” I do not know (about my future). It all hangs in the air. It will unfold eventually. ”
Gordon helped accelerate the Broncos to the season’s highest 191 rushing yards. He said Denver “wanted it” despite being out of the playoffs and being a heavy underdog.
“We put it all on the line, even though we knew we were not playing for anything,” Gordon said. “It’s some guys’ last time on this team with the Broncos, so my mindset was just to give it all I have.”
Whether Gordon will be one of those “guys” is still unknown. Gordon played on a $ 16 million two-year contract in 2020 and ’21, but his market value would likely decline given he turns 29 when next season starts. There is still a possibility that general manager George Paton could re-sign him on a cheaper deal to once again complement Javonte Williams, who polished off a solid rookie season with a 46-yard rush on Saturday.
Whether Gordon returns or draws elsewhere, quarterback Drew Lock believes Gordon “showed the type of back he can be today,” while averaging the season’s best 9.2 yards per carry. carry.
“Of course, he’s a big, robust, third-and-a-hand-him-pill kind of runner,” Lock said. “But he’s also someone who beats a big one when you need him.”
Vic Fangio, who may have coached his last game for the Broncos, called Gordon “a tough sucker.”
“Runs hard, good teammate, great person,” Fangio said. “To me, everything at Melvin’s is top shelf.”
While Gordon put together one of his best games of the year, his fumble late in the game put a sour end to an otherwise remarkable day. With Denver 21-20 ahead and on Kansas City’s 9-yard line, Lock handed Gordon, who was immediately tackled by Kansas City’s defensive end Melvin Ingram, who was blocked.
Gordon did not have time to react. Fangio called it a “busted” blocking task. Ingram ran right between the tight ends Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam to force the fumble. Chiefs rookie Nick Bolton regained the loose ball, threw Locks attempting tackle and ran 86 yards to the touchdown that brought Kansas City up 28-21.
“The guy I look up to (Ingram) did the acting on me,” Gordon said. “It just happened so fast. I do not think I had full control of the ball yet and I tried to spin and get out of the way so as not to lose. He made a great game. I have to be better there (with ball safety), but … it was a tough game. ”
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