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Keyshawn Johnson explains that Melvin Gordon's chances of signing a major deal will depend on how the Los Angeles Chargers value him and not whether Gordon is a top-tier running back.
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Jul 15, 2019

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Will Rich
Will Rich 15 days ago
Omg come to Bmore Melvin Gordon
PremiumWater
PremiumWater 18 days ago
DO NOT PAY MELVIN GORDON
David Hartman
David Hartman 26 days ago
Keyshawn says he should get paid like the top tier guys and then turns around and says he can't catch like these other guys and basically Makes the point that he Shouldn't get paid like those top tier talents... Typical Keyshawn Johnson... talking out his A**
Marcus Reed
Marcus Reed 27 days ago
Philip rivers is overrated af....
Arturo G
Arturo G 27 days ago
Man Melvin Gordon is a athletic and physical back. We need him for clutch plays in the stretch. He earned his money man.
listo castillo
listo castillo 24 days ago
@Arturo G we wouldn't have the revenue to afford both, I wish we could keep him. Regardless he still gotta play 6 games this yeas
Arturo G
Arturo G 24 days ago
@listo castillo Gordon nd Allen
listo castillo
listo castillo 24 days ago
Think about it this way would u pay Allan next year or Gordon?
jasona9
jasona9 27 days ago
Do an ESPN First Take titled, "Can the Chargers afford to NOT upgrade the offensive line with an aging QB Philip Rivers?" Who watched the Chargers vs. Patriots playoff game last season? The 37 year old Philip Rivers with his bad knees looked like a piñata! RIVERS is the heart of the offense, NOT Gordon. Don't get me wrong, I like Melvin Gordon, but would I trade him for a stud Tackle? To steal a line from Mac Davis in the film North Dallas Forty, "Does a Shark Shit in the Sea?".
luis siordia
luis siordia 28 days ago
Melvin is easily top 15 arguably top 10 and definitely not top 5 he has earned a pay raise he has not earned Zeke Gurley money just my opinion good maybe very good definitely not great rb
Dominic Nukho
Dominic Nukho 28 days ago
Melvin is a top 5 back no doubt, but hes acting like we cant just go draft someone at 85-90% of his production at 50% of the pay.
Alexander Jones
Alexander Jones 28 days ago
<50%
Tyshawn and Jose's Productions
Worst comes to worst we trade him for some linemen and we have a good elusive back in Justin Jackson whos still developing
Sounds Nice
Sounds Nice 28 days ago
Hollins not only took Stephan A seat he got on one of his suits too
PSU Wrestling
PSU Wrestling 28 days ago
Yes, you can replace him with a third round guy. He isn’t elite by any means. He has averaged 4.0 YPC and has 1 season with over 1000 yards rushing.
GWAREB RAIDER
GWAREB RAIDER 29 days ago
Melvin Gordon has not showed me that he's a solid RB...hurt a lot.
El guapo del feugo
El guapo del feugo 29 days ago
They dont know how good Melvin Gordon is
Ike Benjamin
Ike Benjamin 29 days ago
Bro why are the chargers still with Phillip River's no Championship at all let him go and rebuild.
Brian Howard
Brian Howard 29 days ago
How do the Patriots always get so many free agents without going over the cap? Maybe *Brady gets paid under the table in Brazil* to save cap space and they can then sign away free agents...??
# 1
# 1 28 days ago
What major free agents do they sign? Tell me. They sign guys who people dont know then people know them afterwards thinking they knew them before.
Matthew Rider
Matthew Rider 29 days ago
Gordon is NOT the reason they win. Gordon is NOT half the running back that he is hyped up to be.
MeerMortal93
MeerMortal93 29 days ago
First Collins, then Keyshawn smh 🤦‍♂️
JustARandom Guy
JustARandom Guy 29 days ago
Gordon doesn't deserve the money. Most of his touchdowns come when theres less than 10 yards to run and he cant stay healthy. let em walk
Zennofobic
Zennofobic 29 days ago
If Rivers feels they need Gordon he should pitch in if it will get him a ring.
Leo Dancor
Leo Dancor 22 days ago
Even if Rivers thinks they need Gordon, the bottom line is that he's asking for more than the team is willing to pay and it's very hard for both parties to come to an agreement in these situations.
Enoch Zoldyck
Enoch Zoldyck 29 days ago
Ryan Hollins has the 3 U's. Ugly, Untalented and Uneducated.
Jonathon Thomits
Keyshawn really said Shittsburgh is more of a threat than the Chargers 💀
Shawn Christianson
Shawn Christianson 19 days ago
He isn’t wrong
hau vu
hau vu Month ago
Keep sleeping on Melvin Gordon
kevin feola
kevin feola Month ago
Justin Jackson is pretty good running back
Mario Bojorquez
Mario Bojorquez Month ago
Ryan Hollins is the "where's my hug" guy in highschool
Always 1906
Always 1906 29 days ago
This gem of a comment was lost in the shuffle. Sad.
Adam Zielinski
Adam Zielinski Month ago
Yo mah dizzle nizzle. Fer shizzle, dizzle...Like Dr. Giggles...Hollins drops his dimes and nickels... It's fun to watch the clueless expressions of Hollins.
barcasocal10
barcasocal10 Month ago
The question is: can ESPN afford to keep Ryan Hollins on their programming? Dislike is for Ryan Hollins.
Daniel Ochoa
Daniel Ochoa Month ago
Chiefs have been talking with the Chargers about a possible trade for him. Multiple picks and a player probably.
Fwizix
Fwizix Month ago
Daniel Ochoa lmao no they haven’t are you dumb enough to believe the Chargers would trade him to KC? He’s gonna be a Charger.
Chris Lambert
Chris Lambert Month ago
His numbers went up a little bit lMAO😂 5.1 yards a carry bro
Bobby Tsunami
Bobby Tsunami Month ago
Hopefully if the CHARGERS play tough hard line businessmen they FALL on their face miss the playoffs just like the STEELERS & WASTE a year for the aging Phillips rivers
Archxn Archxn
Archxn Archxn Month ago
Gordon’s great but I think Austin is just as good
Tee M
Tee M Month ago
Ryan hollins ain't a bad dude ..he knows what he's doing he knows how to stay on tv
Vick Singh
Vick Singh Month ago
You got to understand, if you put a RB in for just running and one for just cathing, it becomes a lot easier to defend because it is predictable. The guys that can do both save you a player on the field and opens the offense up.
David Fahim
David Fahim Month ago
Everyone hating on Hollins but never said anything when Kellerman came over from boxing??
Conlan Edwards
Conlan Edwards Month ago
fuck these people need to do some research
Deleno Ahk
Deleno Ahk Month ago
Gordon trippen this is A Super Bowl roster
Scott Livingston
Who is ryan Hollins
El3PH4NTE M4N
El3PH4NTE M4N Month ago
Cut gordan and cut allen! Other players will step up who got something to prove
DA_ReaL_EZ Gaming
Are you a chargers fan?
Kakashi Hatake
Kakashi Hatake Month ago
We don’t need Gordon ... trade him for a 6th round pick.. “Who else wants Le’veon Bell money”
SteelCityBL!ZT
SteelCityBL!ZT Month ago
KJ is spot on
Ronald Shiffman
Ronald Shiffman Month ago
I think the Chargers should pay him. QBs are overpaid. Running backs are NOT a dime a dozen. Giants had mediocre backs for many years. Poor running games hurt.
Joshua Ommen
Joshua Ommen Month ago
Go Chargers!!!!! Super Bowl Champs of 2020!!!
Jonathan JamesPatterson
He’s not elite, I’ll be damn if I pay him Bell or Gurley numbers
Xxxx Soto
Xxxx Soto Month ago
Max I beg to differ you can find RB everywhere. Stop it
jhung0619
jhung0619 Month ago
Dear ESPN: we'd like to watch Hollins talk about Curling
Shanetell Washington
The LA Chargers were 12:4 last year... soooo dis respectful
JIMMYsmallBONES
JIMMYsmallBONES Month ago
I think keyshawn just argues for argument's sake. Midway through a sentence i think even he realises hes not making much since!
Grandiose Small Things
JIMMYsmallBONES 😂
Brock Smith
Brock Smith Month ago
Melvin Gordon is elite 💯 no debate
Ron Silvia
Ron Silvia Month ago
Gordon has let his teammates his coach and the organization down pulling this stunt 2 weeks before preseason the chargers players are a brotherhood and gordon has just proven hes not a part of that let's see how he likes playing for a team that can't even win a wild card spot get rid of him hes worn out his welcome with the chargers
Now What
Now What Month ago
Melvin Gordon can see the hand writing on the wall. 300+ touches this year. Then franchise tag two years in a row. Then he's 28-29 years old and to old for big contract. Learn from Leveon Bell get your money while you can !!!
Brian Janssen
Brian Janssen Month ago
It doesn't matter. The chargers have zero chance of making the superbowl with him anyways.
Yvng J
Yvng J Month ago
we have our differences as espn fans but on this day we shall unite as we all have a common enemy in ryan hollins....like this my brothers so ryan can be fired
Chef Mark24
Chef Mark24 Month ago
Jesus christ.. BSpn at its finest, putting this moron on TV. Smh, get your shit straight FIRST TAKE!!! Now he's giving his opinion on football? 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
Jim Sands
Jim Sands Month ago
I really like #28 (or is it #25?) Melvin Gordon. Straight-up he’s not worth Todd Gurley money... even Todd Gurley isn’t worth Todd Gurley money! Besides, there’s a ton of guys that the Chargers have to manage their cap to. Specifically over the next two years Chargers have to: * Extend Chargers legend Philip Rivers ($30M+ per yr x4 years) * Extend Mike Pouncey (pro bowl center) * Extend Hunter Henry (TE) * Extend Trevor Williams (CB) * Extend Austin Ekeler (RB) * Extend Melvin Ingram (pro bowl DE) * Extend Keenan Allen (pro bowl WR) * Extend Joey Bosa * Extend All-Pro CB Desmond King. * Plus many others like Adrian Peterson (All Pro S), Forrest Lamp (OL) Russell Okung (OT) Isaac Rochell (DE) Jatavis Brown (LB) and Michael Davis (CB)... Tom Telesco is certainly going to earn his money if he can
Legend__ 21
Legend__ 21 Month ago
@Jim Sands lmao calm down it's a joke...we know😂
Jim Sands
Jim Sands Month ago
Adrian Phillips... obviously!
Legend__ 21
Legend__ 21 Month ago
Adrian Peterson?
chargers fan123
chargers fan123 Month ago
Adrian Peterson?
Cedric Frazier
Cedric Frazier Month ago
Chargers can rap it up if Gordon not signed. Simple
t3ddyRUXpn
t3ddyRUXpn Month ago
You're a bigger clown than Ryan Hollins!
Cedric Frazier
Cedric Frazier Month ago
Keshawn stop it they need Gordon..trust . He opens the passing game
Admiral Xizor
Admiral Xizor Month ago
Gordon waited until after the draft to pull this garbage. If Gordon were a Patriot, he'd be traded to the Bengals and you'd never hear of him again...
Admiral Xizor
Admiral Xizor Month ago
@Ron Silvia Fair enough.
Ron Silvia
Ron Silvia Month ago
Gordon has worn out his welcome with the chargers let him go to a non contender for the remainder of his career
Jwxo Weeye
Jwxo Weeye Month ago
Ryan not that bad
DAGO 619 CALI FACTOR
Chargers should trade Gordon
Frog 00
Frog 00 Month ago
Max don't know shit Melvin Gordon deserve a pay day fucking pay the man. Chargers ain't doing shit without him and for all those none watchers of football saying he not in the same tier is Todd Gurley and Zeke remember if u really watch football those teams have good offensive lines and the Chargers don't Melvin Gordon is Elite Stop playing
Paco A
Paco A Month ago
TRADE HIM get a 1 or 2nd rnd pick with a vet RB
Legend__ 21
Legend__ 21 27 days ago
@Irrelevant human L
Irrelevant human
Irrelevant human 28 days ago
@Legend__ 21 chargers can honestly lose melvin. Never liked him anyway
Legend__ 21
Legend__ 21 Month ago
No...were past the rebuild stage. We're at our peak as a team, so we need all our best players and that includes Melvin...were not trying to just win the division and make playoffs, were striving for a chip...simple as that.
Jewel Clark
Jewel Clark Month ago
Paco A :exa
Ibraheem Rao
Ibraheem Rao Month ago
Melvin should just shutup and stop holding out
CODeReDX
CODeReDX Month ago
This is the first time i heard someone mention Kansas City as a Superbowl contender this Offseason. Like the defense got better they still got their weapons
Chrollo134
Chrollo134 Month ago
Ryan low-key a better NFL analyst than basketball
Tay McCullough
Tay McCullough Month ago
The Disrespect to Mel is ridiculous. When healthy he is a fucking monster wtf max saying he not elite?!
Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark Month ago
I can understand hollins talking about basketball I guess. But he should not be talking about football. AT ALL!!!!!
Empowered CRB
Empowered CRB Month ago
Well Ryan, I like your opinion on this, cause we do need him
Osiris 64
Osiris 64 Month ago
If the Steelers make a trade for Gordon, I will have hope again.
Jewel Clark
Jewel Clark Month ago
Osiris 64:I DON’T EXPECT KEVIN TO TRADE FOR HIM
IMST Z
IMST Z Month ago
1:55 Ryan Hollins to self: fuck I really dont know shit about football 🤦🏾‍♂️
Alan Martinez
Alan Martinez Month ago
Ryan doesn’t know basketball...how the hell is this dude talking about another sport??
Og B
Og B Month ago
Ryan and Max don't know what the hell they talking about .
Isaiah Jones
Isaiah Jones Month ago
Aside from Ryan Hollins for a sec, Melvin Gordon hasn’t proved he’s worth all that. He’s an above average back but he’s no Bell, Elliott, Kamara or Gurley. At least not yet
Musa Fawundu
Musa Fawundu Month ago
People who ask this question, should also ask themselves if Shannon Sharpe is an NBA expert. So, is Shannon Sharpe an NBA expert? People see Ryan Hollins and immediately assume that he will have a bad take because he has had bad or previously contrarian takes, but he did not have any one here. I will also immediately put to rest any attempt by a person to argue that because Shannon Sharpe is an NFL Hall of Famer and because Ryan Hollins was an NBA scrub, that Shannon Sharpe is better informed and understands the NBA and basketball better than Ryan Hollins does the NFL and football. Anyone who thinks that has ridiculous logic and there is absolutely no correlation between the two. Does Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the GOATs of soccer and one of the GOATs among all athletes, know more about the NFL than Ryan Hollins and more about the NBA than Shannon Sharpe? Melvin Gordon divides opinion among the punditry as to whether he is elite and a top 5 back in the NFL right now, but a good argument can certainly be made that he is definitely in the top 10. He may not be a spectacular runner and have a great YPA rating, but he is quite consistent in getting short yards and he also scores a lot of touchdowns and is a good receiver from the backfield. I believe that he is top 10, definitely, but not top 5. Damien Woody, Marcellus Wiley, Rich Eisen rate him very highly. Are they not two of them former good NFL players? Is Rich Eisen not a great pundit? Ryan Hollins seems to agree with them. Will Cain and Whitlock believe that he is good but not great. So do I.
Dre James
Dre James Month ago
Its funny to talk shit about Ryan but he’s had better takes than Max on alot the topics today
Musa Fawundu
Musa Fawundu Month ago
Precisely... People who ask this question, should also ask themselves if Shannon Sharpe is an NBA expert. So, is Shannon Sharpe an NBA expert? People see Ryan Hollins and immediately assume that he will have a bad take because he has had bad or previously contrarian takes, but he did not have any one here. I will also immediately put to rest any attempt by a person to argue that because Shannon Sharpe is an NFL Hall of Famer and because Ryan Hollins was an NBA scrub, that Shannon Sharpe is better informed and understands the NBA and basketball better than Ryan Hollins does the NFL and football. Anyone who thinks that has ridiculous logic and there is absolutely no correlation between the two. Does Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the GOATs of soccer and one of the GOATs among all athletes, know more about the NFL than Ryan Hollins and more about the NBA than Shannon Sharpe? Melvin Gordon divides opinion among the punditry as to whether he is elite and a top 5 back in the NFL right now, but a good argument can certainly be made that he is definitely in the top 10. He may not be a spectacular runner and have a great YPA rating, but he is quite consistent in getting short yards and he also scores a lot of touchdowns and is a good receiver from the backfield. I believe that he is top 10, definitely, but not top 5. Damien Woody, Marcellus Wiley, Rich Eisen rate him very highly. Are they not two of them former good NFL players? Is Rich Eisen not a great pundit? Ryan Hollins seems to agree with them. Will Cain and Whitlock believe that he is good but not great. So do I.
FredRick
FredRick Month ago
Loose P Rivers? He’s been retired for 5 years He just doesn’t know it This games going downhill
ReeseTheComedian
Μax violating melvin
Doughboy Rich4Ever
Omg so.many players retiring after this nfl season can y'all name them 🤔😝
Doughboy Rich4Ever
Gurly is done great career cut short bad knee
Molly's Unborn Child
Ryan Hoillins for Stephen A. Is like Tom Brady getting injured and his back up is Johnny Manziel
Scott Rae
Scott Rae Month ago
😂
Osirus Anderson
Osirus Anderson Month ago
Naw! More like Ryan Leaf!
Malcolm Brown
Malcolm Brown Month ago
RYAN HOLLINS IS SUCH A CLOWN
Geoff Thompson
Geoff Thompson Month ago
The Chargers need to pay him or trade him. A running back doesn't have many years in the NFL so $5.6 million for a starting back of Melvin Gordon's calibre is a joke. Pay him or trade him right now.
SD Fishin
SD Fishin Month ago
He wants leveon bell and todd Gurley money. Tough decision
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