Melvin Gordon training in California and “waiting on the call”

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Melvin Gordon is in California, but not back with the Chargers.

The Chargers’ holdout running back told ESPN he is “training rigorously . . . and staying ready to play football.”

He would not discuss his contract but said he wants to play football.

“Just waiting on the call,” Gordon told ESPN.

His phone doesn’t look like it’s going to ring any time soon.

Gordon wants either a long-term deal from the Chargers or a trade to a team that will give him a long-term deal. He is scheduled to make $5.6 million this season.

As the fines have piled up for Gordon, the Chargers don’t appear any closer to budging.

The two-time Pro Bowler has 5,205 yards from scrimmage and 38 total touchdowns on 1,079 career touches since the Chargers made him the 15th overall choice in 2015.

19 responses to “Melvin Gordon training in California and “waiting on the call”

  1. I’d love to see the NFL make a rule so that if a player holds out, they’re automatically banned from the league for life. There is a new league, the XFL, so these guys have another option. Zeke Elliott, Gordon, all the guys that quit on their teammates don’t need to wear an NFL uniform.

  2. I feel bad for the guy.
    He stood his ground, realized he had no leverage, and by then it was too late to back down without looking foolish.
    I hope something works out for him.

  3. 5.6 million dollars for technically, 16-24 weeks of work depending. Most Americans work there entire lives for far, far less. Americans volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for pennies on his dollar.

    No sympathy for him. None.

  4. Gordon will report in Week 10.

    He’ll be a free agent and he’ll sign elsewhere in 2020.

    Chargers will receive a 3rd Round Compensation Pick for the loss.

    That’s how that story ends.

  5. There’s an old saying the new millennials might need to hear again. “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face “.

  6. charliecharger says:

    August 19, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I’d love to see the NFL make a rule so that if a player holds out, they’re automatically banned from the league for life. There is a new league, the XFL, so these guys have another option. Zeke Elliott, Gordon, all the guys that quit on their teammates don’t need to wear an NFL uniform.

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    I’m all for this as long as the reverse is also true. Any team that cuts any player is immediately removed from the NFL. There are tons of XFL teams that would love to join the NFL.

  7. I agree – honor your contract or be declared as ineligible to ever play again in the NFL. So tired of these guys failing to grasp that we understand you running backs have a short shelf life – so if that is what you have a problem being, then become a QB or a higher paid position and show your worth. Obviously you aren’t being an adult so I suggest you’ll be joining Linus in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for your Great Phone Call.

  8. Buddy, they’ve been calling.

    What you mean to say is, you’re “waiting on the money”.

    Money that you do not deserve and will likely not receive.

  9. I love the MENSA members screaming “honor your contract”, but yet have no problem with teams cutting players who are still under contract. I realize that logic isn’t hard to process for most people, but for the slow lane….these are also the people screaming “free market”…well, Gordon is gambling that the market will meet his demand – which it likely will not. But regardless, Gordon’s price is what the market will bear, as it is for most other players. Same goes for the ticket prices – there’s no reason to reduce the price when tickets sell out and the secondary market is inflated. But yeah, ban him for life if tries to earn more money.

    It’s simple: no one went to college to get smarter – it’s all about increasing your earning potential.

  10. Melvin: Honey…has the phone rang yet?

    Honey: No Melvin…how many times a day do you have to ask me that? Go back outside and train more rigorously!

  11. bonitalocal says:
    August 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    I feel bad for the guy.
    He stood his ground, realized he had no leverage, and by then it was too late to back down without looking foolish.
    I hope something works out for him
    +++++++++++++++!+
    I feel bad for him too. I hope he can afford to feed his family with that chump change he made over the last 3 years. Almost as bad as a guy who just lost his factory job and has a family to feed…..almost.

  12. I don’t know who the bigger moron is, CharlieCharger or Ultraviolet Thunder. I guess I need to remind you that owners constantly fail to honor those signed contracts when they cut players whenever they want for whatever reason they want, no matter how many years are still left on players contract. There are 2 sides to this game dummies. You REALLY want to make it fair? Then make all contracts fully guaranteed like they have in baseball, basketball and hockey. But the NFL OWNERS would never agree to that.

  13. His worth is whatever someone will pay him, likely more than 5.6 million. Doesn’t matter what others are willing to do for less. It’s capitalism

  14. That’s gonna be a long wait if he really thinks he’s worth 12-14 million a year on a long term deal.

  15. boozygoose says:
    August 19, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    5.6 million dollars for technically, 16-24 weeks of work depending. Most Americans work there entire lives for far, far less. Americans volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for pennies on his dollar.
    No sympathy for him. None.
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    If you don’t think being an NFL is pretty much a 52 week job then you need to follow another sport

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