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Melvin Gordon will demand trade without new deal

Melvin Gordon wants a contract. The Los Angeles Chargers running back is planning to carry out and demand a trade if he does not get one shortly.
Gordon advised the Chargers that unless he receives a contract, he will demand a trade and won’t report to training camp, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.
ESPN first reported the information.
Chargers experts report to training camp on July 24.
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Gordon will be subject to penalties of around $40,000 for each day missed if he does not report, per the collective bargaining agreement.
Damarius Bilbo, one of the agents who reps Gordon, told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the running is seriously interested in holding out.
“He is very serious,” Bilbo said. “He has worked his ass off and the fifth-year alternative is a consequence of where he had been drafted. It’s exactly what it is. But if we’d gotten a decent offer, we would not be here. But he felt disrespected. He’s very serious.”
Gordon is entering the fifth and last year of his rookie contract, set to make $5.6 million. He needs the safety which comes with guaranteed cash on a long-term thing. His 2019 salary is the 11th highest among running backs for this year. The 26-year-old probably looks at the record and sees a great deal of springs used significantly less than himself and that are not as critical to a team’s offensive performance getting paid more.
“We received an offer — discussions were dead — we obtained an offer that wasn’t a fair deal based on which Melvin has done, at which he was drafted, and the way he’s performed, making two of those last four Pro Bowls,” Bilbo said. “It was disrespectful.”
The Chargers told NFL Media they have no comment on the matter.
The do-it-all back was a keystone part of the Chargers offense since his second year in the league, compiling more than 1,300 scrimmage yards each of the past three seasons, with 38 total touchdowns. Gordon proved his value to the L.A. crime last season while handling knee problems. The Chargers offense was not exactly the same with no bruising back at full threat-level.
The 2015 first-round pick skipped all the offseason workouts, but attended mandatory minicamp in June, where he explained”I do not know,” when asked if he would hold out of training camp without a new contract.
It is conceivable a holdout could stretch into the regular season.
“We will cross that bridge when we arrive,” Bilbo told Rapoport when asked if he’d sit out regular-season games. “If Melvin is not paid rather, he will wish to be traded.”
It’s possible the situation across town using Todd Gurley’s knee can provide the Chargers pause to cover Gordon. The Rams handed Gurley a pile of cash and now are dealing with a spine that could have chronic knee difficulties. Given Gordon’s accident history, the Chargers could be reticent to hand their back a slew of guarantees.
Gordon addressed these concerns throughout June minicamp:
“It’s an issue with everyone else,” Gordon said. “However, I know my worth. I know what I bring to the group, and I am sticking with that. Todd’s paid, therefore Todd do not care what anybody says right now — him or David Johnson — they can say what they want to say. They signed the dotted line.
“But sadly I have not yet, so I have to take the heat for some of the things they’re going through. But I am not them, and like I stated, I know my value”
The dual-threat back knows his worth. He is willing to hold out and demand a trade to somebody who will compensate him as such, if the Chargers won’t.
Perhaps not having Gordon would be a massive blow to the L.A. offense, one that seems poised to compete for a deep playoff run. But paying running backs in 2019 can be a precarious proposition for NFL teams.
Gordon’s only leverage to have the deal he needs is to withhold his services. The running back is planning to do so.

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