There's standoff in Los Angeles and Melvin Gordon is right in the thick of it.
The Chargers reportedly offered the two-time Pro Bowler a deal between $10 million and $11 million per year. Gordon currently makes around $2.6 million, and one would think a near-$10 million jump would satisfy both parties, but it doesn't seem like the former Wisconsin Badger is going to budge.
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Gordon claimed he would follow in Le'Veon Bell's footsteps of holding out and interestingly enough, Spotrac names Bell as a comparable player to Gordon in terms of age, contract status and statistical production.
Melvin Gordon, seeking a new contract, informed the Chargers early this morning that he will not report to training camp when the rest of the team reports today, per source familiar with those talks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2019
Gordon's talent certainly warrants a substantial contract, and matching Le'Veon Bell's annual salary of $13 million should not be considered a stretch by any means. It remains to be whether the Chargers are willing to increase their offer to meet Gordon's standards, but if they don't, they shouldn't expect to see their star running back at camp any time soon.
Across is four-year career for the Chargers, split between San Diego and Los Angeles, Gordon has 28 touchdowns, all coming after his rookie season, as well as 3,628 yards on 897 carries. He's also recorded 10 receiving scores and 182 career receptions.