National Football League teams are understandably wary of committing money to running backs - just look at Todd Gurley's now-disastrous contract with the Rams - but Gordon has been delivering elite, Pro Bowl-level production for the Chargers at a fraction of his market value.
Gordon, the former 1,000-yard running back, apparently does not intend to play out the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. The Pro Bowler told the Chargers to either give him a new contract or find him a new home on Thursday, and the situation may spill over into training camp. Gordon is set to earn approximately $5.6 million this season under the fifth-year option of his current deal, then become a free agent next March.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon plans to hold out of to Los Angeles' training camp and demand a trade if he does not receive a new contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He also only has four fumbles and has averaged 5.1 yards per touch during that time period. Gordon has 38 touchdowns from scrimmage in the past three seasons3.More news: Ford re-recalls Focus to prevent fuel tank damage
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Gordon ranks fourth in total rushing yards since 2016 and his 28 rushing touchdowns during that stretch is tied for second among all running backs.
From Gordon's perspective, the Chargers have shown weakness without his presence. Furthermore, Gordon's agent, Fletcher Smith, says he will demand a trade if a new deal is not reached. Gurley reportedly is dealing with arthritis in his knee, and the Rams are on the hook for three more years.