Early Wednesday morning, Ian Rapaport and Adam Schefter both reported that Melvin gordon and his camp have informed the team that he will not report to training with the rest of the team on today.
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
As things stand, the Chargers are in no position to rush a deal and will look to open training camp with Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, and Detrez Newsome as the team’s top running backs.
Although many believe Ekeler to be the main beneficiary of Gordon’s absence, it’s been well-documented that Jackson has been hyped by Anthony Lynn this offseason and may end up receiving the lion’s share of the carries while Ekeler continues to work in an expanded complementary role.
Gordon has until week 10 to report to the team before his current deal gets pushed into next season, meaning Gordon would have to play on his fifth-year option once again if there are no contractual changes.
Gordon is currently seeking to be paid as one of the top running backs in the league, meaning he could be after a deal average somewhere between $12-$13 million. The first deal presented to him, which hasn’t been made public, was reportedly “disrespectful” which could mean the deal was in the $9-$10 million range. If this is all close to the truth, then Gordon might be in for a rude awakening in the coming months.