The calm of mid-summer, that time in the National Football League calendar seemingly carved out for sightseeing and beach-laying, got jolted Thursday morning when Melvin Gordon kicked some sand on the Chargers. He is willing to hold out until he gets his wish - either a new deal or a trade. Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is displeased with his contract and intends to demand a trade while holding out for the start of 2019 training camp.
Gordon, who is entering the last year of his rookie contract after the Chargers exercised his fifth-year option last offseason, is set to receive $5.6 million in 2019, per Spotrac.
If you've owned Melvin Gordon in the past, you've had some ups and downs along the way. We're going to see.
Gordon, 26, has made it clear he just wants to be compensated fairly and will be ready to part ways with the team after spending his entire four-year career with the organization - if it comes to that.
"I'm just trying not to talk about it".
"I would love to have it done, so I don't have to worry about that". "But that's not going to stop me from coming out here and doing what I need to do". Looking at conventional stats, Gordon had 885 rushing yards, averaged 5.1 yards per carry and had 10 rushing touchdowns. I know because I've been there.
He has had three consecutive seasons of at least 1,300 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns.
However, it is widely known per the collective bargain agreement that the 2-time Pro Bowler could be fined up to $40,000 a day if he doesn't report for camp, which begins for veteran players on July 24.