Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Melvin Gordon tells Chargers he’s not showing up without a new deal

Melvin Gordon tells Chargers he’s not showing up without a new deal

Some of the NFL's top running backs have been getting big paydays, and unless Melvin Gordon gets one, he's going to cause a huge headache for the Chargers.

Gordon, the former 1,000-yard running back, apparently does not intend to play out the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.

National Football League insider Adam Schefter is reporting that Gordon, 26, has issued a strong demand to the Chargers: Give me a new contract or I'll hold out of training camp and potentially demand a trade.

For the past three seasons, Gordon has been the workhorse running back for the Chargers.

There has been a lot of talk on social media from fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about the potential to trade for Los Angeles Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon has struggled at times to find room to operate in the Chargers backfield - despite averaging 5.1 yards per carry in 2018, Gordon averages just 4.0 yards per carry over 897 career carries.

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The running back has become a two-time Pro Bowler, rushing for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, adding 490 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Gordon enjoyed a breakout season past year for the Chargers despite missing a quarter of a season with a knee sprain.

This is likely a small ripple in the AFC West pond given that the Chargers would be foolish to let Gordon walk.

The Chargers may want to avoid a similar situation with Gordon and could look to trade him. Gordon has 38 touchdowns from scrimmage in the past three seasons3.

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