Melvin Gordon’s agent says holdout may last into the regular season

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Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wants the team to know he means business about demanding a new contract.

Gordon’s agent, Damarius Bilbo, told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that there is a “strong possibility” Gordon could sit out into the regular season if the Chargers don’t give him the money he wants.

“But we want to focus on getting something done before training camp. There’s a long way to go to Week 1,” Bilbo added.

If Gordon sits out in the regular season, he loses about $330,000 a week, which is one-seventeenth of his $5.6 million salary.

But there’s an even bigger risk than losing $330,000 a week, which is the possibility that Gordon will show, in his absence, that he’s actually not all that important to the Chargers’ offense. Gordon’s backup, Austin Ekeler, has shown himself more than capable of filling the running back role in the Chargers’ offense, and Ekeler is set to make just $645,000 this year. If Gordon sits out Week One and Ekeler has a big game, the Chargers may conclude that there’s no reason to re-do Gordon’s contract when they have a perfectly good replacement working for one-ninth as much money.

Last year Gordon missed four games, and the Chargers went 4-0 in those four games. If Gordon thinks he can force the Chargers’ hand by sitting out until they give him a raise, he may find that a month into the season the Chargers are 4-0 and content to go on without him.

10 responses to “Melvin Gordon’s agent says holdout may last into the regular season

  1. Gordon good man and leader but only a “good” back. Spanos is cheap and has promised Rivers a new contract, but hasn’t delivered. He’s got Rivers over a barrel because Rivers family resides in San Diego and won’t leave.

  2. Trade him out, and if you need to take a 4th rder to unload this problem, do it.

    You blew a 2nd rd pick earlier this spring. It’s too late now.

  3. “Last year Gordon missed four games, and the Chargers went 4-0 in those four games.”
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    Nothing says “no leverage” quite like the team literally having been unbeatable without you.

  4. vaphinfan says:
    July 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    I can only imagine how would he feed his family if he doesn’t get a new deal.

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    You’re right. Melvin should totally pass up $25 million in guaranteed money since he’s already a millionaire and risk it all to avoid seeming “greedy”. That’s the smart decision. I’m sure his family would love to hear him choosing fan perception over generational wealth.

    These “feed his family” comments are old.

  5. Running backs have no leverage in today’s NFL. They’re lucky their pay hasn’t dropped, as opposed to simply climbing more slowly than some other positions.

  6. Didn’t he learn from Le’veon Bell? Unfortunately RB is a plug and play position in the NFL unless you are Elliot or Barkley.

  7. Chargers won’t pay him. Why did his agent let him take this stance when he can’t win? Gordon is not top echelon. Probably they will just plug in that Austin Ekeler fellow.

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