Broncos cut former Badgers running back Melvin Gordon

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2014 — Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon rushes for 408 yards to break the single-game major college football rushing record before sitting out the final quarter in a 59-24 rout over Nebraska.

DENVER — Melvin Gordon’s time in Denver is up. The Broncos cut the former Wisconsin running back on Monday.

The Kenosha native signed with Denver ahead of the 2020 season, then re-signed with the team in April of this year on a one-year deal. He was one of the Bronco’s go-to running backs over the last two years, but struggled this season, fumbling five times — including a pivotal fumble at the goal line Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders — and averaging only 3.5 yards per carry.

Gordon was an undisputed superstar during his time in Madison. In 2014, he rushed for over 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns, helping the Badgers win the Big Ten West and the Outback Bowl. He won the Doak Walker Award, the Jim Brown Trophy and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Gordon was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the then-San Diego Chargers. He spent five seasons with the Chargers, moving with them to Los Angeles in 2017. He recorded 800+ rushing yards in three straight seasons for the Bolts and scored 10 rushing touchdowns in both 2016 and 2018.

The former Badger continued to pile on the rushing yards after moving to the Mile High City, posting 986 in 2020 and 918 last year. However, he has struggled to hold onto the ball. His five fumbles this season are the most since his rookie year.

Gordon’s 6,462 career rushing yards and 55 touchdowns in the NFL are the most ever by a Badgers alum.