Melvin Gordon reported to mandatory minicamp this week, and the Los Angeles Chargers running back hopes the next step in the offseason is a brand new contract.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t need a deal done,” Gordon said Tuesday, through ESPN’s Eric Williams. “But that is not likely to prevent me from coming out here and doing everything I need to do. We are likely to see. I’d love to go out there and do it. We’re talking right now, and that is sort of where I’m going to leave it.”
Gordon eschewed voluntary offseason workouts this season, choosing to work out on his own. He reported to minicamp this week but would not dismiss the possibility he could hold out of training camp or even further into 2019 when a deal is not struck.
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“I don’t understand, man,” Gordon said. “I am just trying to not talk about it. It is going to happen, When it’s going to happen. When it does, I am pretty sure you guys will understand.”
The 26-year-old former first-round pick is slated to make $5.6 million at the last year of his rookie contract.
Gordon proved his worth to the Chargers after completing the 2018 campaign clearly hindered by knee issues. L.A. wasn’t the same bruising crime without the running back in full capacity. Conversely, injuries at this a grinding position are common, which could lead the Chargers brass to balk at paying a back big dinero. They need only look to their city-mates, the Rams, and Todd Gurley’s situation to possibly get cold feet about paying a running back.
“It’s an issue with everyone else,” Gordon said. “However, I know my worth. I know what I bring to the team, and I’m sticking with that. Todd’s paid, therefore Todd don’t care what anyone says right now — him or David Johnson — they can say what they want to say. They signed the dotted line.
“But sadly I haven’t yet, so I have to take the heat for some of the stuff they’re going through. But I’m not them, and like I said, I know my worth .”
There’s no question that the Chargers worth Gordon’s play. The question is if monetarily the sides can agree to fair reimbursement that appeases both parties prior to the start of the season.
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