As all Chargers fans are well aware and as we all expected for quite some time, running back Melvin Gordon has not reported to the team and has continued his absurd holdout into the regular season. The plan, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, is for the holdout to extend into late October and possibly early November (between weeks 6 & 8).
At that point, Gordon will play on his existing deal, the fifth-year option which pays him $5.6 million and makes him already one of the NFL’s highest paid runners. By reporting during the planned window, Gordon will avoid missing the Week 10 deadline which will allow him to accrue a season and become a free agent this coming offseason.
With Gordon out, the Chargers will turn to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson with Ekeler getting the majority of the touches. Both players have shown themselves to be more than up to the task of replacing Gordon, though it will be interesting to see if anyone is able to overcome the Chargers execrable offensive line.
Regardless of how things go in the interim, the Chargers and their fans can expect to see Gordon back in uniform by around mid-season, and frankly, no matter what you think of the player, teams in the NFL can never have too much depth.