Chargers Pro Bowler Melvin Gordon threatens holdout, trade demand without contract extension, per report
It seems the business side of the NFL is threatening to deliver a nasty jolt to the Los Angeles Chargers' Super Bowl aspirations.
The agent for Melvin Gordon informed ESPN that the two-time Pro Bowl running back won't report to training camp and will demand a trade if the Bolts don't grant a contract extension.
Gordon, a first-round pick in 2015, is set to make $5.6 million this year, which marks the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson sit atop the positional pay scale, each averaging more than $13 million annually.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, agent Fletcher Smith maintained that Gordon "did not want to go this route, but because of the lack of progress in negotiations and the offers the Chargers made this offseason, they felt it necessary to voice their displeasure in an effort to reach a more satisfying outcome."
A capable three-down back, Gordon amassed 1,375 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns last season. He scored in both of L.A.'s playoff games, though only managed 69 total yards in those contests. He's topped 1,000 rushing yards once in his first four seasons.
Chargers veterans are scheduled to report for camp July 24. The team went 12-4 in 2018, tying for the AFC's best record.
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