Veteran running back Melvin Gordon is a free agent after being released by the Denver Broncos on Monday -- and apparently he feels like a free man.
On Tuesday, Gordon took to social media to say goodbye to his Broncos teammates and the team's fans. The eight-year veteran chose a bizarre meme to mark the occasion, and his written caption seemed to allude to fans' frequent criticism of his underwhelming play in Denver.
Posting on Instagram Stories, Gordon published a photo from the infamous OJ Simpson car chase, with his own headshot cropped into the driver's seat.
"Hahaha," Gordon wrote. "boy y'all fans was hell lmfaooo. Thank y'all too Broncos country. Let's at least laugh on the way out."
In a separate slide in the post, Gordon thanked his teammates and the Broncos organization for allowing him to continue pursuing his dreams.
The Broncos waived the fumble-prone Gordon on Monday, after two-plus years of modest overall production for disappointing Denver teams.
Gordon's knack for putting the ball on the ground reared its ugly heads in his final game in a Broncos uniform, against the Raiders in Week 11. He fumbled once, and though it did not result in a turnover, he saw nine fewer carries than Latavius Murray, who was recently signed off the Saints practice squad, so Gordon's departure hardly comes as a surprise.
Gordon, 29, signed with the Broncos ahead of the 2020 season, after five seasons with the Chargers, who drafted him 15th overall in 2015.
In 41 games with Denver, Gordon fumbled 12 times, nine of them being recovered by the opposing team.
The Broncos went 15-28 during Gordon's time in Denver, a period that spanned two years under former head coach Vic Fangio and first-year man Nathaniel Hackett. While it's fair to say Gordon didn't live up to expectations, the Broncos' struggles are much bigger than him alone.
For his career, the former Wisconsin Badgers star is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 8.0 yards per reception, with 69 combined touchdowns.