Melvin Gordon not expected at Chargers camp

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The Chargers report to training camp on Wednesday, but one prominent member of the team isn’t expected to be there.

Running back Melvin Gordon has indicated a willingness to sit out training camp, the preseason and the regular season if he doesn’t get a new contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Gordon will get the ball rolling on that approach by not reporting with the rest of the team.

Based on a report earlier this week, it may be some time before anything changes. The Chargers are reportedly not willing to meet Gordon’s asking price for a new deal and aren’t expected to continue talks with Gordon’s camp as long as he is away from the team.

Gordon has to report by the Tuesday of Week 10 in order to get the credit for a season needed to become an unrestricted free agent. If both sides continue to hold firm, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson should see plenty of action between now and then.

29 responses to “Melvin Gordon not expected at Chargers camp

  1. If Gordon misses even just one game, it’ll be the 4th out of 5 seasons where he’s not done 16.

  2. tylawspick6 says:
    July 24, 2019 at 7:19 am
    do not trade up for an rb in rd 1 in a plug and play rb league that features a lot of passing

    so dumb
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    Agree a million %. See Jaguars, Jacksonville: drafted a thus far bust with the 4th overall (Leonard Fournette) pick in 2017 and passed on Mahomes and Watson (keeping Bortles at the helm). There were several RB’s later in the draft (Kamara was one, I think) and they could have
    picked up a serviceable one off the Waiver wire as well.

  3. I see the posts critical of the players under contract who are sitting out, looking for a new contract. What’s odd is that the same people critical of the players have no problem with teams who cut players still under contract, or teams that approach players about pay cuts while still under a contract. To these people, that all is fine. But when the player use his only leverage? The player is the problem. Hypocritical doesn’t even begin to describe that stance.

  4. We saw how the LeVeon Bell thing worked out, so Gordon should try something different. Gordon should instruct his agent to start calling the agents of his teammates and ask who’s willing to take a pay cut so Gordon can take a bigger share of the salary cap. Folks, the money doesn’t come from the owner. It comes from the players. The owners are only allowed to pay a certain amount toward player salaries (they call it a salary cap), and then it’s up to the G.M. and all the agents to divide it up among the players on the team. I didn’t see any Steelers offer to take a pay cut for Bell. Maybe the Chargers teammates are different. Which agents are going to advise their clients to take less money (which also means less for the agent)?

  5. xofdallas says:
    July 24, 2019 at 7:12 am
    I am getting so very tired of players who currently have contracts who are holding out.

    I am getting so very tired of owners cutting players with contracts. Wake up. This is the broken labor system of the NFL. Nothing is guaranteed. Don’t fault the millionaire players for exploiting the system in the same way the billionaire owners do.

  6. RB with no leverage, no durability, no sustained production over values self worth and loses multiple game checks before waking up. Week 4?

  7. Here come all the armchair moneyball GMs criticizing Gordon and others for holding out for what they think they’re truly worth. Even though 4 years (in a profession that averages 3.5 years per player) is more than enough to prove your value to teams.

    These guys drafted post 2010, especially RBs, are absolutely screwed by the current CBA. Locked into rookie wages for 5 seasons?? Ridiculous. It’s a shame that that’s the way it has to be until the next CBA. There’s plenty of money to make the veterans who’ve earned it happy, the system just screws them.

  8. This isn’t going to end well because the Chargers are one of the cheapest teams in the league… The Chargers and Bengals have long had the reputation for being super cheap.

  9. There is no such thing as an overpaid player in a world where billionaires run teams like shiny toys. No owner of any sports team ever lost money at the time of sale.

  10. chickensalad43 says:
    July 24, 2019 at 8:40 am
    Here come all the armchair moneyball GMs criticizing Gordon and others for holding out for what they think they’re truly worth. Even though 4 years (in a profession that averages 3.5 years per player) is more than enough to prove your value to teams.

    These guys drafted post 2010, especially RBs, are absolutely screwed by the current CBA. Locked into rookie wages for 5 seasons?? Ridiculous. It’s a shame that that’s the way it has to be until the next CBA. There’s plenty of money to make the veterans who’ve earned it happy, the system just screws them.

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    So, the system screws them, but it’s also ok for a GM to be a moron on the other side and trading up for the RB thinking he’s worth more than he is. The GM lost leverage twice:

    1. With the agent after trading up for him.
    2. Right now, by not already trading Gordon out.

    Pitt lost out on value for LeVeon Bell as well. How this is hard to understand, I have no idea.

    Gordon now has leverage on SD to force a trade on reduced value, which is SDs best bet.

  11. When the contracts aren’t guaranteed, I can’t get mad when guys hold out. Especially when you’re a RB where 90 percent of the players are done by the time they’re 30. Pay the man or trade him.

  12. You’d expect this to happen with Mike McCoy as the HC, not Anthony Lynn. I would love to hear what pearls of wisdom HC Lynn will have for his mediocre hold-out.

  13. I get a kick out of the people who claim “Billionaires run the team” as if somehow this makes a difference. Each team can only spend to the salary cap. How much money an owner has does not change that. The bottom line is this: for every additional dollar a team pays player X, there is one fewer dollar to spread across the rest of the team. Overpaying for a RB is just stupid in today’s game. That Patriots and some other teams have shown that you can pay 4 guys the same money Todd Gurley/Leveon Bell/etc. demand and get more production out of the 4 guys. And this is also better insurance against injury. The Chargers would do well to trade Gordon and let some other team deal with the cap hit and the headache.

  14. They went 4-0 last season when Gordon was out so he has zero leverage. They literally were unbeatable without him.

  15. I understand players sitting out because they want a new deal. The problem with Gordon is he has very little leverage. The Chargers don’t want to pay him the money he’s asking for–nor will any other team. On top of that, his current salary ~$5M+ is probably higher than he would get just about anywhere else as a free agent. Gordon probably wants a deal worth ~$10M per year. Frankly, I don’t think he’s worth $10M per year. He may not be worth $5M per year when you consider they can probably just draft a RB on day 2 or 3 next year and be fine. I don’t think any team is going to give him $10M per year. This holdout probably means the Chargers won’t even think about signing him to an extension and will just replace him next year. Then he’ll find out what he’s worth in free agency.

    I don’t think this holdout will gain him anything. It may also cause some teams to not be interested in in free agency. I think he may regret the way he has approached this. Just ask Le’Veon Bell how it worked out for him.

  16. If you negotiate and agree to a contract, and put your signature on it, you should play under that contract. The NFLPA agreed to their collective bargaining; no one makes any player agree to a contract. They sign it willingly, so play under what you agreed to.

  17. vikesfansteve says:
    July 24, 2019 at 8:25 am
    Chargers aren’t going to be as good this year.
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    Chargers weren’t good last year.

  18. tylawspick6 says:

    July 24, 2019 at 7:19 am

    do not trade up for an rb in rd 1 in a plug and play rb league that features a lot of passing

    so dumb

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    Bill Belichick would disagree with you.
    The Patriots took Sony Michel in the first round last year.

    Good RBs bring value to the passing game by causing the defense to stack the box and forcing safeties to stay honest in play action. Having a 5th year option on the player is a bonus also.

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