Melvin Gordon wants Chargers to pay him or trade him

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is hoping for a new contract prior to the season, and he has given the team an ultimatum.

Gordon, who was the No. 15 overall pick of the 2015 National Football League draft, is entering the final year of his rookie contract, which calls for him to earn $5.6 million this season.

Gordon could join an impressive crop of running backs on the open market if he enters free agency in 2020. You can discuss doubts as to whether or not Gordon is worth top dollar, but the Chargers should be able to find a deal that works for both sides given that going with Austin Ekeler on a full-time basis devalues what he brings in spurts. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gordon and his agent have asked for a new contract from the Chargers.

After not scoring a touchdown as a rookie in 14 games, Gordon has 28 rushing touchdowns and 10 receiving touchdowns over the past three seasons. He also only has four fumbles and has averaged 5.1 yards per touch during that time period.

Another one of Gordon's representatives, Damarius Bilbo, told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport the two-time Pro Bowler is not bluffing.

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.

That said, it's hard to ignore the price (pun intended) of paying a running back. If they can't reach a deal, Gordon will demand a trade.

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