Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon is expected to serve a three-game suspension to begin the 2021 season after being cited for DUI in October. Gordon’s contract includes a clause that would allow Denver to void his base salary for 2021 because of that DUI.
If the Broncos void that base salary and cut Gordon, the team would be left with a “dead money” salary cap hit of $2 million (Gordon’s prorated signing bonus) and a net cap savings of $7 million. If Denver brings Gordon back on his current deal, the RB will have a cap hit of $9 million in 2021.
During his media availability on Wednesday, Gordon was asked about his uncertain contract situation.
“My job is to go out there and run that ball, so that’s what I’m going to do,” Gordon said. “As far as the contract and all that stuff, I let my agent handle all that — the void and all that stuff. Hopefully, I did enough for them to want to keep me here …. I don’t want to speak too much on the contract. My job is to go out there and run that ball. That’s what they pay me to do.
“That’s why they brought me in, to make plays running that ball, protect Drew [Lock], catch the ball, do what I need to do to help this team win. I plan on doing that every game I’m here. So, we’ll see, hopefully it works out, and hopefully they like me enough to kind of put all that stuff to the side. I guess in a couple months or so we’ll see what’s up.”
In 14 games this season, Gordon has rushed 189 times for 893 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Gordon also caught 28 passes for 141 receiving yards and another score. The sixth-year running back will turn 28 years old in April.