Chargers are looking for a first-rounder plus for Melvin Gordon

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The Chargers don’t want to compensate Melvin Gordon like a high-end tailback. But they want to be compensated by another team for Gordon as if he’s a high-end tailback.

Per a league source, the Chargers have told at least one other team that the price for Gordon is a first-round pick and a fifth-round pick.

It’s not exactly the kind of price tag that is conducive to getting a deal done, because the new team also will be paying Gordon as part of the trade — and he wants something in the range of $13 million per year.

If the Chargers value him as a guy who is worth a one and a five, that value should be reflected in their offers to Gordon. Conversely, if the Chargers view Gordon as a guy worth something like $10 million per year, they shouldn’t want a first-round pick, and more, from a team that also would have to pay him.

Maybe they don’t want a one and a five. Maybe it’s an opener. Maybe they’ll eventually come down. Maybe they won’t.

Ultimately, the Chargers can do whatever they want. They hold the cards, and they can sit and wait for Gordon to show up, get credit for the fifth year of his rookie deal, and then let him walk away as a free agent, sign him to a long-term deal, tag him, or tag him and trade him.

70 responses to “Chargers are looking for a first-rounder plus for Melvin Gordon

  1. 1st rd pick and sign him to contract comparable to Zeke’s since that’s the bar his agent will set though he’s nowhere near his talent level.

    Where do I sign up?

  2. be lucky to get a 2 and a 5, unless you maybe call Billy O’B in Houston, he seems to be throwing a wrench in the works for whomever comes next

  3. I want a million dollars and a swim suit model to show up at my door and a flying pony.
    I’m as likely to get that as the Chargers are to get 1 1st and 5th for Gordon.

    He’s ok, but I’d not pay even $10 million for him, let along give up any picks.

    He won’t sit out, it will cost him too much, and he’s not a premier RB like Bell.

    This is comical.

  4. A 1st and 5th doesn’t seem that unreasonable. So what if the other team is “has to pay him”, that’s not the Chargers problem. If the team thinks he’s worth it, they shouldn’t have an issue paying him. I just don’t think RB’s are worth paying that much personally. Gordon is hurting his career but to each their own.

  5. They’ll be lucky to get what the Texans got for Clowney. Give the guy 3 years at around $45 mil, hope the ball bounces your way, chase a Super Bowl, and move on.

  6. The Cowboys are about to cave in. The Jets kept bidding against themselves for Bell. The Rams gave Gurley a boatload of cash and he can’t even walk. There will be some clown show that will give up their draft for Gordon, pay him a bunch of money, and destroy their playoff chances…

  7. I’m sure the price will go down when they figure out that ain’t no team wanting to pay that much for him.

  8. In other words, the Chargers are pretending they’re open to a trade….they’re not. It’s kind of like saying, yes, you can have half of my sandwich…..for a small price of ten thousand dollars! Lol.

  9. Take the 2nd rder and run. Man, Telesco has really blown it out there. He traded up for him to give him this leverage and failed to deal him out quietly before last season.

  10. They will probanly get a 2nd and conditional 6th round pick. Hes good. But not every team is structured to have a high salary running back. I think all nfl players deserve as much as they can get. But hes in a precarious position. The chargers are just an afterthought.

  11. And it is likely one of these contestants…B, restructure a few contracts and let it rip in TB, Khan has deep pockets. GB. A Rod is getting grey, AAron cannot stay healthy without CBD.
    Tennesee as they are not going to pay Henry next year anyway. It needs to be some combo of crazy, impetuous, and wanting to make a splash. There is always one other dark horse out there…thoughts?

  12. People, there are LEVELS to being a 1st round pick. Being the 28th pick in the 1st Round is not the same as being the 5th. Gordon wants to be paid like he is a top 5 pick. That’s for those of you saying “The Chargers want a 1st rd pick for him but dont want to pay him as a 1st rd pick hurrr durrr durrr”…..If I were Pats or KC or some other team like that which is destined to pick late in the 1st round, I would seriously consider it.

  13. You don’t know how the business world works then. He’s under contract and they don’t want to trade him. Is someone wants him they have to pay what they seem fit. Doesn’t mean they owe him any thing or need to offer him anything based on their trade compensation desire

  14. nite2al says:
    September 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    If you try to get a 1st round pick, then you justify Gordon’s perceived value of himself. Smh
    **************************************
    Bingo!

  15. depends on where the 1st round pick would fall. if it is a SB contender it will be a very low 1st which isn’t much better than a 2nd. My guess if it is a lower tier team they would take a 2nd and another low round pick.

  16. Why is everyone clowning on Gordon like he isn’t any good, have you looked at his numbers, cause they’re pretty damn good. There are about 3 other RBs I would take over him in the entire NFL yet he isn’t paid even close to where he should be. Look at the list of top paid RBs in the NFL and who is ahead of him. He SHOULD hold out, he’s worth more. Spanos are terrible owners and the GM blew this by letting it go this far. Should’ve addressed it last year or traded him a lot sooner.
    Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, Devonta Freeman, Saquon Barkley, Jerick McKinnon, Leonard Fournette, Lamar Miller, Ezekiel Elliott, Duke Johnson, Giovani Bernard, Mark Ingram, Dion Lewis, Christian McCaffrey, Tevin Coleman, James White, Murray, Chris Thompson, Rex Burkhead, Jalen Richard, Mike Davis, Josh Jacobs, Raheem Mostert, Carlos Hyde, Rashaad Penny, Melvin Gordon

  17. All I know is I took Gordon in two fantasy leagues. I got him in the fourth round. He better put his damn jersey on and be in my line up by game five.

  18. So the Chargers tell the world that Gordon is a good RB but not a great one by digging in and being unwilling to pay him yet they want multiple picks including a 1st for this “just a good” RB? Can’t have it both ways.

    Honestly there’s no way a team is dealing a first without a contract extension in place and there’s not going to be a contract extension because no one in their right mind(Bill O’Brien has no 1sts anyway) is signing this guy to the money he wants.

  19. krycek21 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 8:09 pm
    Add in Det or Jax, it will not be an AFC team if they can help it.

    3 3 Rate This
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    Detroit already has a better running back

  20. The Chargers are just spitting on Gordon at this point. That compensation is a non-starter for any discussion, and they are just spiting Gordon, forcing him to report on his current contract. They risk ruining the locker room with this move if they are not seen as operating in good faith. They’re notoriously terrible with contracts.

  21. Looking at potential FA’s in 2020 and 2021, and teams with RB’s they may not want to pay or have injury history…these are the players/teams. Not included are GB and Buff who i think are logical places as well. Jax/Fournett, Indy/Mack, Tenn/Henry. TB is most obvious but maybe that makes just too much sense.

  22. Gordon has way overplayed his hand here. No team is going to give up a 1 and a 5 and pay him what he wants. Chargers are going to squeeze him until he takes what they feel he’s worth. They have all the leverage.

  23. It’s called negotiation. Wny wouldn’t they ask for a 1st round pick? The real hang-up is the contract. No team in the league will pay Gordon what he’s asking. He’s not elite, and he’s always hurt. Should’ve taken the $10m/year when he had a chance.

  24. The Chargers are screwed. Gordon will probably sit out unless they pay him, some team will make the offer & their upset chemistry will put them behind the Chiefs & again trying to get a wildcard spot in a more competitive conference with the Steelers, Ravens, Browns, Jaguars, Bills & some unknown all being better.

  25. “The Chargers don’t want to compensate Melvin Gordon like a high-end tailback.”

    They made him an offer that would have made him the 4th highest paid RB in the game. How is that not “compensating him like he’s a high-end tailback”?

  26. Unrealistic valuations are a hallmark of the Chargers management philosophy. Now you see what they did to San Diego.
    The Chargers wanted a 1.2 billion dollar stadium from San Diego, but are willing to be a second thought in Los Angeles’s new palace.
    Why? They let everyone else pay for everything.

  27. Tampa Bay should offer a 2nd and a 7th. They’ll probably get the deal since there’s likely no real competition. They need a RB badly, even if they want to talk up Jones and Barber until the cows come home.

    I think an outside the box option could be Jax with a flip of Fournette. Both guys could use a change of scenery and a well structured deal could keep them under the cap.

    The third possible option, Buffalo, is likely not dealing anything as they have needs to fill in the draft still.

  28. The guy should have smiled & signed the 4 year 10 million a year contract, as long as it came with 35 million guaranteed

  29. exinsidetrader says:
    September 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    “I’d make that trade, but unfortunately I already gave away all my first-round picks”
    — Bill O’Brien
    ++++++++++++++++
    I’d make that trade but I already have Goodell and the refs in my back pocket

    -Bill Belichick

  30. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    September 3, 2019 at 8:31 pm
    Why is everyone clowning on Gordon like he isn’t any good, have you looked at his numbers, cause they’re pretty damn good. There are about 3 other RBs I would take over him in the entire NFL yet he isn’t paid even close to where he should be. Look at the list of top paid RBs in the NFL and who is ahead of him. He SHOULD hold out, he’s worth more. Spanos are terrible owners and the GM blew this by letting it go this far. Should’ve addressed it last year or traded him a lot sooner.
    Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, Devonta Freeman, Saquon Barkley, Jerick McKinnon, Leonard Fournette, Lamar Miller, Ezekiel Elliott, Duke Johnson, Giovani Bernard, Mark Ingram, Dion Lewis, Christian McCaffrey, Tevin Coleman, James White, Murray, Chris Thompson, Rex Burkhead, Jalen Richard, Mike Davis, Josh Jacobs, Raheem Mostert, Carlos Hyde, Rashaad Penny, Melvin Gordon
    ————-
    Not sure why you listed a bunch of random RB’s but Gordon is getting 5 mil this year which puts him 10th in the league. He’s also on his rookie contract which limits his salary. He’ll be top 2-3 on his next deal.

  31. blogatron2000 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm
    Gordon has way overplayed his hand here. No team is going to give up a 1 and a 5 and pay him what he wants. Chargers are going to squeeze him until he takes what they feel he’s worth. They have all the leverage.

    ——
    They only have leverage over him this year. He has to report to vest his year. He can walk next year,

    If he really wants to get dirty he can show up and get a mystery injury and simply not play.

  32. Well, if Gordon thinks he’s worth $13M per, and another team agrees and pays him that, then the trade comp which the Chargers seek is consistent with that. The fact is, no othsteamer team would pay him 13M per, nor would any other give up that kind of package for him. Which just goes to show that Gordon is overvaluing himself. Charger

  33. Gordon should have taken the $10 mn a year. Fool. Chargers should be willing to give him up for a 2nd. Fools.

  34. vicnocal says:
    September 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    …………. ..If I were Pats or KC or some other team like that which is destined to pick late in the 1st round, I would seriously consider it.

    ***************
    This isn’t Monopoly money!

    You are only addressing half of the trade. The problem isn’t necessarily giving up a late 1st round pick, the problem is finding a contract he will sign as it appears he wants top money. The Pats aren’t going to break the bank for him. They have not and will not do that for a RB.

  35. SDLA can believe Gordon is worth a first round pick but still not be willing to pay him like one. It’s called being cheap… something they’ve been known for over the years.

    And yes, the amount a team has to pay Gordon figures into the value of the deal. Whoever said it didn’t matter doesn’t understand how these things work. Top draft pick compensation is usually reserved for players still on cheap rookie contracts, or generational, game/team changing players like Kahlil Mack. Gordon is a good RB, but he’s not generational, and he plays a “replaceable” position. The difference in production between him and the next guy up isn’t worth a first round pick to most teams.

  36. It’s business. Pay less, charge more. Every business does it. Walmart pays 20 cents for something they sell for $4.99. I have rental houses. I charge more for rent than my counterparts because I know I can get more. But when I buy something, I use coupons, I go where things cost less, and I reuse things when possible. Buy low, sell high. Nothing wrong with what the Chargers are ding from a money standpoint. I would do this, too. But I also believe in buying quality when it will benefit me. So I will pay more for something that will serve me well, if the alternative is mediocrity. So from a football standpoint, they really need a quality RB so they should pay him.

  37. Chargers GM – Call Houston, that organization is good at giving really good healthy players away, along with half their salary, they’ll toss in a bunch of draft picks too! Done deal.

  38. Here the deal, Melvin Gordon was traded up to be the best running back for their needs. He did not score 1 touch down the whole year. He was 6 yards short of a thousand. Got hurt shut down. Next year only full season hot bad. Third season okay but shut down again. Injuries. 4th season most productive but injured again. Chargers 4.0 without him. I get making as much as you can but your always hurt bro. Good offer they made. Greed runs the world

  39. the problem the public sees is he is a fantasy stud. thats because hes a td vulture after rivers gets them to the red zone. he never rushes for 1000 yards and doesnt break tackles between the 20s. he’s average until the red zone where the chargers take advantage of the other team spreading out theirbd, in order to defend rivers. any rb used the way la uses gordon will put up td stats and therefore over inflate the fantasy value. la is doing the right thing, hes not a game breaker rb

  40. I don’t know if they’ll get a 1 & 5 for him, but there is only 1 non-QB that has scored more TDs than Gordon over the last 3 years…and that’s Gurley. Gordon doesn’t have a degenerative knee issue either. Ya’ll keep referring to him as a rotational back, but he’s a scoring machine and far superior to all but maybe 2-3 RBs. The $10M a year the Chargers offered was fair.

  41. They would settle for a 2nd and X, just to facilitate getting something for the guy since he won’t be playing for them again.

    It’ll be expensive for him to sit out but if he’s been careful with his money, he could kick back and enjoy not getting beat up for a while longer. Then, he could “hope” for RB’s to get injured during the season and pop in later this year for some team, getting less than he wants now. Get a one year deal and retire next year.

  42. Agree with another poster that handling contracts and a player like this is bad for the locker room and also for potential free agents. Nobody wants to play for an organization that handles themselves like one of the 5 families.

  43. The team holds all the cards. They don’t need to make a trade. They don’t need to make Gordon an offer. They don’t need to do anything. So they can ask for whatever they want. If they get it, great. If not, no big deal. Gordon’s the only loser in this scenario.

  44. Pola pe’a says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:19 pm
    xxsweepthelegxx says:
    September 3, 2019 at 8:31 pm
    Why is everyone clowning on Gordon like he isn’t any good, have you looked at his numbers, cause they’re pretty damn good. There are about 3 other RBs I would take over him in the entire NFL yet he isn’t paid even close to where he should be. Look at the list of top paid RBs in the NFL and who is ahead of him. He SHOULD hold out, he’s worth more. Spanos are terrible owners and the GM blew this by letting it go this far. Should’ve addressed it last year or traded him a lot sooner.
    Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, Devonta Freeman, Saquon Barkley, Jerick McKinnon, Leonard Fournette, Lamar Miller, Ezekiel Elliott, Duke Johnson, Giovani Bernard, Mark Ingram, Dion Lewis, Christian McCaffrey, Tevin Coleman, James White, Murray, Chris Thompson, Rex Burkhead, Jalen Richard, Mike Davis, Josh Jacobs, Raheem Mostert, Carlos Hyde, Rashaad Penny, Melvin Gordon
    ————-
    Not sure why you listed a bunch of random RB’s but Gordon is getting 5 mil this year which puts him 10th in the league. He’s also on his rookie contract which limits his salary. He’ll be top 2-3 on his next deal.
    ————-
    The list isn’t random at all, it’s exactly what I stated it was, a list of all RBs making more money than Melvin Gordon in 2019. It’s a joke, there are guys way less productive, I injury history, etc….yet Gordon should play out his 5th year. As you see around the league, good GMs and Owners ensure they take care business ahead of time, The Chargers have pissed off their top talent for decades now

  45. “The list isn’t random at all, it’s exactly what I stated it was, a list of all RBs making more money than Melvin Gordon in 2019. It’s a joke, there are guys way less productive, I injury history, etc….yet Gordon should play out his 5th year. As you see around the league, good GMs and Owners ensure they take care business ahead of time, The Chargers have pissed off their top talent for decades now”

    They have but the landscape for RB’s and the running game has changed a lot since LT et al.

    Melvin is a good but not great RB who also doesn’t have a tank frame that will allow him to get beat up continuously and still stay healthy. Were I him, I would have taken the Charger’s deal and then just retired next year, saving my body and mind to enjoy the rest of my life with.

  46. vaphinfan says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    exinsidetrader says:
    September 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    “I’d make that trade, but unfortunately I already gave away all my first-round picks”
    — Bill O’Brien
    ++++++++++++++++
    I’d make that trade but I already have Goodell and the refs in my back pocket

    -Bill Belichick

    +++++++++++++++++
    Pats should sign him and get all they can out of him and then send him to the Dolphins. He would be a cornerstone pickup in the third or fourth year of their long rebuild. Gordon could help the Phins celebrate the 50th anniversary of their perfect season and almost 50 years of futility!

  47. I am sure that high asking price is a way to stick it to Melvin Gordon further… They say hey no one met our asking price, sorry couldn’t trade you.

  48. Denver fan here- so glad Rivers won’t have Gates nor Gordon to play with. And I am sure the train wreck Chargers will screw this up. Take whatever you can get for him. Denver has P Lindsay for $575,000 a yr and he ranked at #9 in RB’s and Gordon #17. So go ahead and either overpay him or trade him quick while some think he is a bargain.

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