Melvin Gordon has stated through his agent Damarius Bilbo that he will demand a trade and will not report to training camp without a new contract extension.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero broke this story Thursday morning, and his colleague Ian Rapoport spoke with Gordon’s agent about it afterward.
“He’s very serious,” Bilbo said. “He’s worked his butt off and the fifth-year option is a result of where he was drafted. It’s what it is. But if we’d gotten a respectable offer, we wouldn’t be here. But he felt disrespected. He’s very serious.”
The Chargers offered an extension that Gordon and his representatives feel is “disrespectful” because of his production.
To be fair, he has a brilliant resume since the 2016 season.
Gordon has piled up 4,372 yards from scrimmage
He has rushed for 28 touchdowns
He has caught 10 touchdowns
From his perspective, the timing of this demand for a market-value contract seems perfect. The Los Angeles Chargers open training camp in a couple of weeks, and deadlines force action.