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Melvin Gordon Formally Requests Trade After Chargers Refuse to up Their Contract Offer

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13:  Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Divisional Round - Los Angeles Chargers v New England Patriots | Al Bello/Getty Images

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has already made it known that he's willing to hold out into the regular season. That could very well happen, especially since the two sides are still far apart on a new contract.

As a result, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Gordon's agent asked the Chargers to trade him last week, as Los Angeles is still only willing to pay him $10 million a year.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco still considers Gordon to be family, but he's not on board and hasn't given permission to his agent, Damarius Bilbo, to seek trade partners.

However, if they aren't willing to pay Gordon like a top-tier running back, I doubt this relationship can be fixed.

Trading Gordon may be the only way end this conflict and add value to a different area of the team.

The 26-year-old back is set to earn $5.6 million in 2019, but he'll become a free agent in 2020 and is looking to be paid like one of the best running backs in the league, which at this point will probably happen as a member of another team.