Melvin Gordon’s time with the Chargers officially ended Friday when the running back agreed to terms with AFC West rival Denver.
He’ll receive a two-year contract worth up to $16 million, with $13.5 million guaranteed.
Gordon joins a backfield that already has a 1,000-yard rusher and Pro Bowler in Phillip Lindsay.
A first-round draft pick in 2015, Gordon rushed for 4,240 yards and scored 47 touchdowns in five seasons. He gained a career-high 1,105 yards in 2017 and was a Pro Bowler in 2016 and 2018.
Gordon missed the first four games last season after an extended holdout because of a contract dispute. He was hoping to secure a long-term extension, but the sides were unable to reach agreement.
The Chargers offered Gordon a deal worth about $10 million annually before cutting off negotiations once the season began.
Before the start of free agency, the team signed Austin Ekeler to a four-year contract worth up to $24.5-million, with $15 million guaranteed. Justin Jackson is the No. 2 running back on the depth chart.
Also Friday, the Chargers lost defensive back Jaylen Watkins to Houston. He agreed to a two-year, $3-million contract.