Melvin Gordon: My teammates have my back

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Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wants a new contract and has made noise about sitting out into the regular season in order to force the issue with the team.

No one needs to look too far into the past for an example of a running back sitting out an entire year. Le'Veon Bell did that in Pittsburgh last year and his approach eventually led some of his teammates to share their view that he should have reported to the team once in became clear the Steelers were not going to extend his contract.

Gordon does not think that things will play out the same way with his teammates.

“They’re all behind me. They all got my back,” Gordon said, via ESPN.com. “They all told me you know what — we don’t really speak on contracts — but you just go and do what’s best for your family. And I’m glad I got that support from them.”

The reaction of other players to Bell’s decision to stay away from the team changed over time. It’s too early to know if the same will be true with the Chargers if Gordon has an extended holdout this year, but support could easily turn to apathy if the offense keeps playing well with Austin Ekeler or someone else carrying the load in the backfield.

36 responses to “Melvin Gordon: My teammates have my back

  1. They are behind you A) Because they know your back-up is more then ready. And B) because they are your teammates, they have to see you daily, what else are they gonna say?

  2. In four years this guy has had ONE 1,000 yard season and only played one full 16 game stretch. If I am SD I fine him daily and do not entertain trading him or extending him

  3. I love Ekeler, he is skilled. But he is not a featured back, he is a good piece of RBBC. If Gordon sits, look for Jackson or Newsome to step up as well.

  4. djstat says:
    July 18, 2019 at 8:34 am
    In four years this guy has had ONE 1,000 yard season and only played one full 16 game stretch. If I am SD I fine him daily and do not entertain trading him or extending him

    You must not watch much football…He brings alot more than just yards to that offense

  5. The thing is that NONE of these holdout RBs are worth the money that they are asking.
    RBs are not the center piece of the offense like they were decades ago and are not worth spending big money on.

  6. Until they are going through camp without you and then the season starts and WHAT?? They don’t!

  7. Your team mates are behind you? They have your back? Well, it’s a shame they dont pay your salary. All that matters is what coaches and management thinks about you.

  8. Leveon Bell is a premier back. His holdout worked for him because of that. Melvin Gordon is a little above average, maybe. Gordon is delusional if he thinks he’s elite. I believe he’ll discover that no one else believes he’s an elite back, either.

  9. rocoop says:
    July 18, 2019 at 9:08 am
    djstat says:
    July 18, 2019 at 8:34 am
    In four years this guy has had ONE 1,000 yard season and only played one full 16 game stretch. If I am SD I fine him daily and do not entertain trading him or extending him

    You must not watch much football…He brings alot more than just yards to that offense
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    Such as?

  10. If he sits out and has 4 off games while he gets back into shape and shakes off the rust then his ending stats will be mediocre and he’ll have a hard time getting paid.

  11. v2787 says:
    July 18, 2019 at 9:37 am
    Leveon Bell is a premier back. His holdout worked for him because of that.

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    i’m not sure his holdout “worked” for him. he lost a year of salary and plays for the jets now.

  12. Have at the very least> 3 seasons > like those of LeVeon before you go on a sit out….

    This guy has had one 1105 yard season with 476+ yards receiving with 14 TD’s in a 16 game season

    The other 3 seasons he hasn’t even play a full 16 game season. Much less equal that 2017 season ( rushing and receiving)

    2015 > 641 yards & 192 yards receiving 0 > TD’s 14 games
    2016 > 997 yards & 419 yards receiving 12 > TD’s 13 games
    2017 > 1105 yards & 476 yards receiving 12 > TD’s 16 games
    2018 > 885 yards & 490 yards receiving 14 > TD’s 12 games

    LeVeon:
    2014 > 1361 yards & 845 yards receiving 11 > TD’s 16 games
    2018 > 1268 yards & 616 yards receiving 12 > TD’s 12 games
    2018 > 1291 yards & 655 yards receiving 11 > TD’s 15 games

  13. I miss the times when all the players were Baby Boomer Generation. Now, the Millennial & Snowflakes are ruining the game. Is it a football game or a fashion show? Pre-game outfits, post game outfits, hair art. Play football Melvin. Break the trend. You’ll be paid if you produce, like in the real world. Attitude makes the day #28.

  14. Hey Melvin, you had 26 rushes for 55 yards in the playoff game against the Patriots. That’s a whopping 2.1 yards per carry. I think the Chargers will be fine without you

  15. Melvin maybe you should seek a second opinion from a different agent.
    You can and WILL be replaced if you price yourself out of the market like Bell did.

  16. Players know how long these careers last. It’s a fraternity and they usually want what’s best for their fellow man and not what’s best for the organization.

  17. welcometothefold95 says:
    July 18, 2019 at 10:11 am
    v2787 says:
    July 18, 2019 at 9:37 am
    Leveon Bell is a premier back. His holdout worked for him because of that.

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    i’m not sure his holdout “worked” for him. he lost a year of salary and plays for the jets now.
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    He got much more guaranteed money and that’s all that matters. The Jets are a young team with a ton of talent. This worked out.

  18. These kids need a dose or reality. Take your millions while you can. You’re inflated ego could cost you a lot. You haven’t put up numbers to entice a poorly managed team to over-pay you, like Bell.

  19. rocoop says: July 18, 2019 at 9:08 am
    You must not watch much football…He brings alot more than just yards to that offense
    =========================

    To be fair, not many people watched the Chargers the past few years after Spanos just moved the team to LA where no one even wanted the team. They forced their way into Carson and ruined the LA Galaxy’s perfectly fine soccer stadium. The stadium seats around 29,000 (perfect for MLS) yet there are more away fans than home fans.

  20. Whenever an athlete is holding out for more money, they always say they’re doing what’s best for their family. Like their family really needs that new Benz and diamond-encrusted necklace with his initials on it.

  21. They always do, until they don’t.

    He wants long term security. I completely understand that. But when they hold out to be the highest paid RB in the NFL, when they aren’t, that’s where they lose me.

  22. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 18, 2019 at 11:43 am
    Whenever an athlete is holding out for more money, they always say they’re doing what’s best for their family. Like their family really needs that new Benz and diamond-encrusted necklace with his initials on it.
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    Or they’re financially supporting multiple family members and trying to change the trajectory of their family’s lineage?

  23. If they have your back, ask each for a Benjamin so you can feel respected.

  24. rocoop says:
    July 18, 2019 at 9:08 am
    djstat says:
    July 18, 2019 at 8:34 am
    In four years this guy has had ONE 1,000 yard season and only played one full 16 game stretch. If I am SD I fine him daily and do not entertain trading him or extending him

    You must not watch much football…He brings alot more than just yards to that offense
    ————————————
    Such as?

    Last 2 years…459 carries 108 receptions 26TDS……You also need to pay attention when you watch football…

  25. rocoop says: July 18, 2019 at 9:08 am
    You must not watch much football…He brings alot more than just yards to that offense
    =========================

    To be fair, not many people watched the Chargers the past few years after Spanos just moved the team to LA where no one even wanted the team. They forced their way into Carson and ruined the LA Galaxy’s perfectly fine soccer stadium. The stadium seats around 29,000 (perfect for MLS) yet there are more away fans than home fans.

    Are you another jilted San Diego school girl on prom night??? Get over the move

  26. The Chargers own Gordon’s rights for the next 3 years and Gordon’s response to that fact is a distraction to his teammates.

  27. To be fair , Bell was offered the franchise tag of about $14.5 mm and a deal that would pay him about $42mm over first three years. The players knew the Steelers were bring more than fair, not to mention Bell round be making more than all but two on the entire team. The same Bell that averaged 3.9-4.0 yards per carry last season he played. Please.

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