Chargers G.M.: No new contract for Melvin Gordon

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The Chargers’ message to Melvin Gordon is simple: Either play for us or find a team that wants to trade for you, but stop asking us for more money.

That was the message today from Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco, who told reporters that the Chargers will no longer negotiate with Gordon this season.

“With the regular season now here, we have informed Melvin’s representatives that discussions regarding a contract extension will be postponed until the conclusion of the season. When, or if, Melvin reports he will play under his current contract,” Telesco said, via Joe Reedy of the Associated Press.

Gordon is heading into the fifth and final year of his rookie contract and has a salary of $5.6 million. He has already racked up substantial fines for skipping training camp and the preseason, and he loses $330,000 a week in salary for each week he skips in the regular season. Gordon is running out of leverage, and it sounds like Telesco expects him to report, eventually, without a new deal.

45 responses to “Chargers G.M.: No new contract for Melvin Gordon

  1. Well I guess that holdout didn’t work. I can’t imagine any other team is lining up to pay him top tier money either.

  2. Only elite players can pull this.

    Gordon is no where near elite.

    he is going to suffer financially. And if he sits out, thats money he will never make as he ages a year.
    And it’s not like he is protecting his body so he can earn $18 million/year.
    Gordon was poorly advised.

  3. He overplayed his hand. Which, as a fan of a rival team I’m not upset about. Why are the Chargers so good at wasting so much talent?

  4. quite honestly I would sign him long term if it wasn’t crazy. our backfield of Gore, Yeldon and a rookie doesn’t scare anyone. the bills have the cash. we’re not close to a SB run, so you may as well make it interesting.

  5. The NFLPA needs to step in and tell Gordon, Elliot and any others that are holding out on their rookie deals, that these rookie deals were negotiated as part of the CBA and Rookie Wage Scale. Holding out on these contracts is a violation of the CBA and is no more than independent bargaining. They are essentially holding out on a deal that was negotiated by their own union.

  6. Zeke take notice. We are growing tired of this. Bell lost money Gordon looks to loose money and I hope you sit out or find a trade partner. NFL pay heed the public is getting tired of this.

  7. “He overplayed his hand. Which, as a fan of a rival team I’m not upset about. Why are the Chargers so good at wasting so much talent?”

    If he overplayed his hand, how did the Chargers waste his talent? Mel got bad advice and that’s a bummer… but the Chargers are making the best business decision they can give the circumstances.

  8. He’ll come in ….play well…and then say FU to the Chargers after this season. Great way to take care of your core guys Sanos. Dad maybe gone but you’re keeping up the tradition of being cheap.

  9. RB’s are realizing the rookie deals are taking them past their best years and peak money potential. Gordon injured the last two years. Bell is the new template for timing, not numbers.
    May not work, but the Telesco message IS timed to get him in camp this week. Both sides likely sweating a little right now. Only one side is adding mileage to the bones.

  10. indiapalealeblog says:
    September 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    Only elite players can pull this.

    I would add that owners need to put a stop to so-called “elite players” that are under contract pulling this BS too. If they would act in concert, this kind of thing would stop, and we’d see a vast majority of ALL player honoring their contracts exactly as written.

  11. >>The NFLPA needs to step in and tell Gordon, Elliot and any others that are holding out on their rookie deals, that these rookie deals were negotiated as part of the CBA and Rookie Wage Scale. Holding out on these contracts is a violation of the CBA and is no more than independent bargaining. They are essentially holding out on a deal that was negotiated by their own union.

    Holding out is *NOT* a violation. A player has the right not to play.
    It may be a stupid decision, but it’s not a violation.
    Players are not obligated to play (and make a huge amount of money).

    The thing that worries me is not the hold outs, it’s what James Harrison said. He said he would fake an injury. What if a player signs a contract, and then 2 years later wants more money, or starts faking injuries? If a player is franchise tagged and doesn’t like it he can fake an injury? Same for the 5th year option.

    What is the solution to that? A medical arbitrator who can say the player is healthy and must play? Eliminating franchise tags and 5th year option and any contract longer than 3 years?

    I would not wnat to sign a locker room cancer, but some teams will.

  12. Here’s the issue: Melvin knows that the Chargers have zero intention of negotiating a fair extension after this year, even if he had an all-pro season and stayed healthy. They will pretend to negotiate and ultimately franchise tag him for another year, like the Steelers did with LeVeon.

    The franchise tag is intended to be a tool for teams to negotiate extensions, and the Steelers ended up tagging Bell twice. They’re not meant to be 1 year “pay as you go” deals that give the player no security.

    We’ll see if they Chargers are still a playoff team without Melvin Gordon.

  13. I wonder what’s going on in Gordon’s head right now. I wonder if he realizes he took a gamble and lost–big time. They should just tell him don’t even bother to report until he has to since he isn’t in their plans. He really hurt his own cause here. The Chargers likely pulled the offer of $10M off the table and I’d be surprised if they forgave his fines. They hold all the cards and even if someone does get injured, I’d sign someone else and let him continue to sit. Now Gordon has sabotaged his chances for a big money contract next year by not playing. He’s not going to be their #1 back now. Likely he’ll be #3 and that won’t give him the numbers he needs to put up in order to get a big contract. This is what you call cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  14. Dallas should take that same stance with Zeke. Hey if the players don’t like the current CBA then they shouldn’t have agreed to it, but they wrongly decided to keep D Smith around so don’t expect different results with the next CBA either

  15. Pay attention Zero Zeke! And btw Jerrah, this is how you handle locker-room cancer – yank any foolish offer and let Zero Zeke sit for two years, perhaps four.

  16. With a salary cap, the pie is of limited size, and I don’t see any of his teammates offering to take a smaller slice so that he can have a bigger one. I didn’t see it happen for LeVeon Bell or Zeke Elliott either. How much money do the agents make when a player makes zero? I’m glad to see these GM’s and owners finally wising up and holding players accountable. If they don’t like the contracts their agents negotiated for them why aren’t they firing their agents? I don’t see players holding their agents accountable. I mean, if it’s such a rotten deal, why wouldn’t you fire the guy who got you that rotten deal? Personally, I think it’s crazy that running backs have to wait until they’re virtually old men before being able to re-negotiate, but that’s the deal the players’ union agreed to. I don’t see the players’ union reps being held accountable either. Just blame the owners for everything.

  17. chickensalad43 says:
    September 1, 2019 at 4:35 pm
    Here’s the issue: Melvin knows that the Chargers have zero intention of negotiating a fair extension after this year, even if he had an all-pro season and stayed healthy. They will pretend to negotiate and ultimately franchise tag him for another year, like the Steelers did with LeVeon.

    The franchise tag is intended to be a tool for teams to negotiate extensions, and the Steelers ended up tagging Bell twice. They’re not meant to be 1 year “pay as you go” deals that give the player no security.

    We’ll see if they Chargers are still a playoff team without Melvin Gordon.

    ————‘

    What a pant-load. The franchise tag is meant to be exactly what it is….a means to keep a player an additional year by paying him the average of the top 5 players at his position. The Players association negotiated this option and the teams are using it as designed. If the players don’t like it then they should take it up with their union or go find a new career

  18. Sounds like bad agent advise. Chargers are a playoff team for sure. The loss of Derwin James does not help. Melvin Gordon makes them a stronger team while protecting Rivers. A salary figure offer has been thrown around, but Gordon’s camp wants ???? No one told him you hold out during your franchise contract year?

  19. He had a micro fracture surgery in 2016. No smart GM is giving him huge long term money. I’m shocked this doesn’t get mentioned more often.

  20. Plan A: Pay Gordon what he wants and try to win a Super Bowl before Rivers retires.

    Plan B: Trade Gordon, use current RBs, use trade assets to improve team & win Super Bowl before Rivers retires.

    Plan C: Stick thumb up ass and do nothing all summer; get nothing for Gordon and waste one of the last, best shots Rivers has at a Super Bowl.

    The guy running the Chargers chose Plan C. If I were Rivers, I’d demand a trade.

  21. The guys still holding out for more money are, well, not geniuses. If they don’t get it then they lower their income (assuming the fines are not forgiven) in the last year before an expected stoppage. That is some poor planning on their part.

  22. Is Gordon an essential piece of the Super Bowl puzzle for the Chargers? The team does not think so (and neither do many fans). He wants to be paid before Rivers is extended knowing that he – Gordon – will be offered less next year. A reasonable gambit for Gordon, but when it fails you fold and come into camp, signing your $10 million per year extension. Gordon refused and gambled that the team wanted the playoff victories more than it wanted Rivers as a QB next year. Gordon lost and will either sign the extension or sulk through the 2019 season not realizing that his attitude will destroy his value in 2020. Bad advice from the agent and terrible reading of the economic landscape in the NFL for running backs. This is 100% on the agent who has raised Gordon’s expectations beyond reality. A word of advice for the other NFL players – AVOID Gordon’s agent. He seems unable to deal with reality.

  23. Melvin, just retire already and go work for the Badger Football Network. BFN is only cache you have presently. You trust your agents (& that includes pops) and here you are. Was my face red……

  24. If the best player on your team is a running back, then your team is not going to win the Super Bowl. Just ask LaDainian Tomlinson how many super bowl rings he has.

  25. The reason he hasn’t gotten an extension yet is because the chargers GM has not yet annointed him as the straw, if you will, that stirs the teams drink…

  26. If I were Gordon I wouldn’t even consider ending my holdout unless the Chargers waive any and ALL fines he has racked up while holding out. if the Chargers expect him to pay all of these fines as well if & when he returns then he should just continue his holdout, I bet Telesco changes his tune by week 4 when they cannot run the ball and Gordon’s backup is getting stood up every other down.

  27. FYI,
    Bell lost over 15 million and a year of his prime for a contract that was worth less than he was offered. He did not provide a blueprint for running backs. Gordon should play this year, boost his bargaining power and move on with or without the Chargers.

  28. I can’t imagine it’s Gordon’s agent telling him to hold out when he has no leverage. I think it has to be the player who feels disrespected and the agent isn’t able to get him to understand where he is in the NFL running back pecking order.

    Anyway, unless there is a trade, this isn’t ending well for Gordon unless Ekeler goes down with an injury or proves ineffective.

  29. tinye67 says:
    September 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    If reports were true that he was offered 10M per year and didnt take it…..he has no one to blame but himself.
    —–
    Why do you keep forgetting how NFL contracts work? The most important part of any NFL contract are the gaurantees. Do you know how much of that was gauranteed? This isn’t a post in support of or not supporting the holdout….just saying let’s stop pretending NFL contracts work like other sport contracts

  30. If I were him the first thing I’d do is fire my agent. There has been very poor long-term decision-making made.

  31. Most teams will negotiate when a player gets to the last year of a deal. Chargers make themselves very unattractive to free agents with their frugality.

  32. Every article on Gordon needs to include this point: The Chargers went 4-0 when he was out hurt last season. Proof positive that he was not pivotal to their success even though he played well when he was in there. Thus he had no leverage to demand anything.

  33. “butlers91 says:
    September 2, 2019 at 10:33 am”

    They made a fair and reasonable offer and he declined. The salary cap requires teams to make difficult decisions, and the market for RB’s is pretty clear. Would the same person being critical of the Bolts for being cheap, also criticize them for a bad deal if Gordon gets hurt? Especially if it affects their ability to extend Bosa next year?

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