As the Denver Broncos begin the Russell Wilson era, they’re looking to surround their new star quarterback with some weapons that will help him lead the franchise. That includes running back Melvin Gordon III, who decided to return to the team on a one-year deal that includes various performance incentives.

The 29-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Broncos after five seasons with the Chargers. He amassed 913 yards and eight touchdowns last season as part of a backfield duo with Javonte Williams, who garnered 903 rushing yards and four rushing scores.

The Broncos celebrated the signing by posting a photo of Wilson and Gordon, who were teammates with the Wisconsin Badgers for a time. However, now that they’re both teammates, Denver’s new quarterback also shared his excitement about the deal.

Gordon dealt with hip, shoulder, and thumb injuries last season but only missed one game for the Broncos. He joins safety Kareem Jackson and defensive tackle DeShawn Williams as unrestricted free agents who re-signed with Denver this offseason, a signal that the Broncos are heading in the right direction as they attempt to compete in the wild AFC West.

Entering his eighth season, the NFL veteran has rushed for 6,144 yards and 53 touchdowns and has 284 receptions for 2,244 yards and 14 touchdowns.

[Jordan Schultz]

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