Melvin Gordon wants Chargers to pay him or trade him

Carrie Guzman
July 11, 2019

Gordon reportedly received an extension offer from the Chargers that did not align with the contracts of other top running backs such as Le'Veon Bell and Todd Gurley.

Running back Melvin Gordon says he will not report to camp unless he receives a new contract from the Los Angeles Chargers, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Smith told Schefter that he and Gordon didn't want to take a hard-line stance, but because of the lack of progress in negotiations they have chose to go public with their displeasure.

Gordon enjoyed a breakout season a year ago for the Chargers despite missing a quarter of a season with a knee sprain.

Chargers training camp is set to begin in less than two weeks.

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According to Gordon's agent Fletcher Smith, Gordon is dug in and discouraged with where talks stand at the moment.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't want a deal done", Gordon said in June. "We're talking right now, and that's kind of where I'm going to leave it".

He was also asked about possibly not playing in 2019 without a new deal. "If it's going to happen, it'll happen", he said.

Gordon, the No. 15 overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft, is a two-time Pro Bowler. He had 885 rushing yards in 12 games last season and added another 490 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

The Wisconsin product has led the Chargers in rushing in each of the last three seasons with an average of 996 rushing yards and 9.3 rushing touchdowns per season.

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