Chargers, Melvin Gordon appear far apart

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Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is threatening to hold out into the season if the team doesn’t give him the raise he wants. And the team may tell him to go ahead.

The Chargers are dug in on their stance not to extend Gordon, Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports. According to the report, an extension would only come soon if Gordon and his camp lower their asking price, because the Chargers aren’t inclined to meet what he’s seeking.

It’s easy to see why the Chargers feel that way: Running backs have been replaced across the NFL, and the Chargers already have a younger, cheaper running back in Austin Ekeler who has played well the last two years.

Eventually, Gordon is going to show up if the Chargers hold firm, because he would gain nothing by skipping the whole season. The Chargers may just decide to stand firm until Gordon shows up.

12 responses to “Chargers, Melvin Gordon appear far apart

  1. One of the cheapest owners in the league. One of the most mediocre RBs in the league. It’s pretty easy to see how this thing’s going to go.

  2. Gordon (and his agent) want $15 a million a year. Now. The highest paid Charger is Keenan Allen at $11.5/yr. No way I let Gordon (and his agent) upset that balance.

    Let him (and his agent) seek a trade outside the division and be done with him.

  3. Mark Kitterman says:
    July 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm
    Gordon (and his agent) want $15 a million a year. Now. The highest paid Charger is Keenan Allen at $11.5/yr. No way I let Gordon (and his agent) upset that balance.

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    Highest paid Charger is Philip Rivers at $19MM per year, followed by Russell Okung at $14MM per year, and Melvin Ingram.

  4. Justin Jackson is more the workhorse who would take over Gordon’s role. Jackson’s a between the tackles, first and second down type of back. Ekeler can catch passes and is more suited for the third down role he has had during Gordon’s prime years.

  5. I’m not sure who’s giving Gordon advice but I’m not sure he should be listening to whoever that is.

    Here’s something to think about. In four seasons he has rushed for 3,628 yards with a 4.0 ypc average. He also has 182 receptions. That doesn’t scream $15M/yr to me. In fact, he should probably feel lucky to be getting his $5M+ salary this year.

    Holding out is only going to end badly for him. Chances are they’ll replace him with the two guys they have. Then if he comes back hopefully they wouldn’t bother playing him. If the Chargers do fine without him, what team is going to give a bunch of money to him?

    I think he is badly misplaying his hand here. I also think other teams are going to be wary of his current demands and not even be interested in him. Why would they when you can get someone on the 2nd or 3rd day of the draft and have him under a rookie contract for several years.

  6. I am more on Gordan’s side. He is one of the better backs in the league. Definitely top ten right now. During his current rookie deal he has averaged about 2 1/2 million a year. Way underpaid for the punishment he takes. He is a thousand yard rusher with 400 yards receiving the last three years. Plus running backs don’t last long. He need to make the next contract he gets most likely his last one. Did anyone say the same thing when Le’veon Bell held out last year. It worked for him. Last comment is they need to restructure how they pay players according to their value and estimated length of careers to make it more fair.

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