Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has informed the team that he either wants a new deal or will hold out of training camp and demand a trade.
This news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Chargers report to camp on July 24th. Gordon would be subject to fines of up to $40,000 for each day missed if he does not report, per the collective bargaining agreement. This news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Chargers report to camp on July 24th.
Gordon is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, set to earn $5.6 million. He wants the security that comes with guaranteed money on a long-term deal. The 2015 first-round pick skipped most of the offseason workouts, but attended mandatory minicamp in June, where he said “I don’t know,” when asked if he’d hold out of training camp without a new contract.
Damarius Bilbo, one of the agents that reps Gordon, told Rapoport when asked if he’d sit out regular-season games. “If Melvin is not paid fairly, he will want to be traded.”
Not having Gordon would be a massive blow to the L.A. offense, one that looks poised to compete for a deep playoff run. in 2018 Gordon in his 12 games rushed for 885 yards on 175 attempts with 10 touchdowns. He also caught 50 of his 66 targets for 490 yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.
In Gordon’s 4 year career he has only played 16 games one time and that was sin 2017 when he rushed 284 times for 1105 yards and 8 touchdowns. He caught 58 of his 83 targets for 476 yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.
There is no denial Melvin Gordon is an important part of this Chargers offense but there are other fantasy viable running backs you need to be aware of.
The first is Austin Ekeler. He rushed the ball 106 times for 554 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ekeler has great hands and caught 39 of his 53 targets for 404 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. He is currently being drafted as the 42 running back off the board at the 9.06. Last season he finished as the number 27 running back. Right now you are getting a great deal on him and he is a flex option. Something to keep in mind is that most of his work came when Gordon was out. If Gordon misses time Ekeler will be a viable flex option for your team. If you can add Ekeler for cheap I would definitely try to do that, but you should really go out and get this next player.
The second player to discuss is Justin Jackson. Jackson on his 50 rushing attempts had 206 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught 15 of 19 targets for 135 yards. Jackson is someone to add in your dynasty leagues. He has the ability to be the one on this team and play a 1 A/B roll with Ekeler. In his one start in 2018 he got 16 rushes for 58 yards and a score. He also added on 3 catches for 27 yards. A solid week for someone who is undrafted in redraft leagues. He could be a sneaky flex play if given the work.
There is one more player to discuss. Melvin Gordon. I truly believe he is willing to hold out just like someone did last year… Remember Le’Veon Bell. Remember how bad that was. If you drafted him you where very upset. I think this could happen with Melvin Gordon. He wants to get paid or he will demand a trade and hold out. Melvin Gordon is still a young guy and on his rookie deal he can do this because he will get paid. If this holdout last through training camp, consider Gordon off my board completely. I don’t want to touch him, I don’t want that headache in 2019. When Gordon plays he is great for fantasy football. He finished 6th in 2018 and 5th in 2019. He is being drafted at the 1.06 as the 6th RB off the board. If he plays this is a great spot for him.
The question remains will he play. This story will continue to develop throughout the offseason. We will keep you updated as more news comes out.