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Melvin Gordon will not report to training camp without new deal

7/11/2019 10:22:56 AM
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Running back Melvin Gordon has informed the Los Angeles Chargers that he will not report to training camp and will demand a trade unless/until he gets a new contract according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

And Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the holdout could extend into the regular season.  Gordon is currently scheduled to earn $5.6 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. This report comes a bit out of left field considering Gordon reported to mandatory minicamp in June, but contract talks have apparently not gone well since then.

It is hard to imagine that the Chargers will not eventually give Gordon the longterm deal he wants but the negotiations are somewhat complicated given his injury history.  Gordon has only managed to play a full 16-game slate once in his four-year NFL career-and, not coincidentally, that year (2017) is the only time he hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark.  But his value to the Chargers offense cannot be underestimated as he compiled 885 rushing yards, 490 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns in only 12 games in 2018.  The 26-year-old Gordon seems to currently be traveling the Le'Veon Bell path to contract negotiations but it should be noted that Todd Gurley, David Johnson, and others have gotten second contracts from their original teams without lengthy holdouts.

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