When talking about the best players in the NFL right now, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon probably isn’t a name that comes up that quickly, although it probably should. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has been nothing but electric since the moment he got to the league, and now it’s time for him to collect the money he believes he deserves.
After being selected in the first round (No. 15) overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the team formerly known as the San Diego Chargers, Gordon signed a four-year contract worth $10.6 million, which was fully guaranteed, and included a $6 million signing bonus and a fifth-year option on his rookie deal.
Well, Gordon is done playing for cheap. You can forget about that rookie contract and $5.6 million option right now. If the Chargers don’t come up with a new deal, the two-time Pro Bowl selection will not report to training camp and will demand a trade from the AFC franchise, according to Gordon’s agent Fletcher Smith and ESPN’s Adam Schefter
In a perfect world, the Chargers could have been preparing for this moment. The 26-year-old Gordon is the franchise’s best running back since LaDainian Tomlinson, and he is the perfect complement to quarterback Philip Rivers.
In 2018 alone, Gordon rushed for 885 yards with 10 rushing touchdowns while also catching 50 passes for 490 receiving yards and another four scores in 12 games. Gordon missed some time late last season with an MCL injury.
Knee injury or not, Gordon’s over 5,000 yards from scrimmage and 38 total touchdowns in four seasons are certainly worth securing for the future. Add in his sensational All-American college football career with the Wisconsin Badgers and this is easily one of the best young NFL players right now.
The offseason clock is ticking. Chargers RB Melvin Gordon wants a new contract, one that likely lines up with the likes of LA Rams running back Todd Gurley or New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell, and if Chargers general manager Tom Telesco can’t get it done, their star player and former first-round pick will never play another down for the franchise.