The Baltimore Ravens are adding more competition to the running back position leading up to the start of training camp Wednesday.

The Ravens agreed to terms with free agent running back Melvin Gordon, the team announced Friday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal is for one-year worth up to $3.1 million.

Gordon, 30, is an eight-year veteran who has played for the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos. He played in only 10 games and rushed 90 times for 318 yards last season for the Broncos before being released. He then signed to Kansas City’s practice squad but didn’t appear in any games during the team’s Super Bowl run.

Gordon joins one of the most run-heavy teams in the league in a Ravens backfield that includes J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. It’s unclear what role he will serve long term, but for now he figures to be in the mix at practice after the Ravens placed Dobbins on the physically unable to perform list Friday.

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Dobbins, who had a standoff with the team during minicamp, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He is still working his way back from knee surgery and can come off the PUP list at any time.

The Ravens also announced Friday that another veteran, starting wide receiver Rashod Bateman, was placed on the reserve/did not report list. Bateman missed the team’s minicamp after receiving a cortisone shot in his foot. Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement that he has spoken to Bateman and “we expect him here very soon.”

Edwards has been valuable with his game-breaking speed, and Hill has been a strong backup who adds special teams value. Hill is the only running back under contract beyond this season.

The Ravens also enter camp with undrafted free agent rookie running backs Keaton Mitchell and Owen Wright, but both are considered long shots to make the final 53-man roster.

For now, Gordon at least brings experience to the backfield. He has rushed 1,567 times for 6,462 yards with 55 touchdowns in his NFL career. While the NFL running back market is in tough shape, Gordon will at least have a chance to compete for a roster spot with a team expected to contend for a Super Bowl title in 2023.

aron.yohannes@thebaltimorebanner.com

Aron Yohannes joined The Baltimore Banner in June 2023 as a reporter. He previously reported on trending topics in sports for The Oregonian. He began his career covering the Milwaukee Bucks from 2012-2016 for SB Nation before working for the Seattle Seahawks from 2016-2018. Aron is Eritrean and a native of the north side of Milwaukee.

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