Melvin Gordon was trying to act smart by following other NFL teams on Instagram and hinting to move out of the Los Angeles Chargers. While Philadelphia Eagles and the other teams have not taken it seriously, the Chargers have put the matter on high priority. The dispute between Gordon and Chargers side was already and now things have gotten worse.
A sign that Melvin Gordon won’t play for the Chargers at all this season? pic.twitter.com/zAHHm3m8dF
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 1, 2019
It seems that the Los Angeles officials have lost it and suspended every contract negotiation with Gordon. Chargers manager Tom Telesco have put Melvin on the Reserve/Did Not Report list and he won’t be offered any raise over his initial deal. Gordon was threatening to leave the Chargers side but the whole stint backfired and he is now left with limited options.
Chargers won’t offer anything to Gordon
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco opened to the reporter on a conference call during Sunday afternoon and broke the news to them. In his statement, Telesco explained the situation in brief and made their stand on the whole Gordon deal issue. Tom also focused on the fact that he loves Gordon as a person and player.
Chargers’ GM Tom Telesco said on a conference call today that any contact extension talks with holdout RB Melvin Gordon will be postponed until after the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2019
But there is a lot of business involved and one can’t get carried away for personal feelings. Gordon was having the $5.6 million of his rookie deal to which he asked for a raise in the range of $12-$13 million. While the Chargers were ready to offer him around $10 million per year, now it has been taken off the table.
Limited Options for Gordon
Gordon never thought that things could turn out in such a way as he already had a good deal on the way. The representatives of Gordon stopped him from reporting to work and the Chargers side was not happy about the whole thing. Melvin doesn’t have many options left as it is still one more season left before he could become a free agent.
Some potentially big news for the #Chargers: They have given the reps for Melvin Gordon permission to seek a trade, sources say. He’ll explore his options, which include returning. But big few days.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2019
Melvin Gordon trying to slide up in those DMs. Just started following Eagles, Raiders, Falcons and 49ers on IG pic.twitter.com/KIxakwiLXf
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 2, 2019
What week you gonna be playing @Melvingordon25 . I drafted you on my fantasy team and I’m tryna figure out when I should start you 🤣🤷🏽♂️?
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 1, 2019
No one is going to pay Melvin Gordon what he wants and give the Chargers real value in trade. Giving him permission to seek a trade is all about letting him realize it's not happening.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 31, 2019
There are a few teams interested in Gordon but the ultimate decision lies in the hands of Chargers. The only leverage Gordon have is not playing in the NFL season which can put the Chargers offense on risk without their leading running back on the court.