Melvin Gordon‘s holdout will end at some point this season. Even he knows that truth.
TheLos Angeles Chargersrunning back said in a chat with his Instagram followers Tuesday that he is “going to play somewhere” this season and added “it would be a waste of talent” if he sat an entire year,per Eric Williams of ESPN.
Gordon is currently holding out as theChargershaven’t budged one inch from their $10 million-per-year contract offer. Gordon wants closer to the top running backs in the league likeTodd Gurley,Le’Veon BellandDavid Johnson, which is around $13 million or $14 million per year.
The 26-year-old was never going to pull aLe’Veon Belland hold out the entire season. Gordon needs to report at some point to earn an accrued season towards free agency; otherwise his $5.6 million contract will toll.
Whether he plays the end of the year with theChargersor another club remains to be seen. The team granted Gordon’s agents permission to seek a trade of the running back. Nothing has materialized as of yet and barring a big-name injury to a playoff team it’s skeptical one might pop up. Coupling theChargers‘ trade demands and Gordon’s contract desires could make a deal tough to come by.
WithAustin EkelerandJustin Jacksonperforming well, Gordon’s leverage with theChargershas shrunk, if anything, since the season started. Barring injuries in L.A., aChargersimplosion, or disaster striking elsewhere, that leverage might not ever rise to the level Gordon would need it to get what he wants in 2019.
How good hasAustin Ekelerbeen so far?
He’s scored 62.7 fantasy pts through the first two weeks, which is not only more thanMelvin Gordonever put up through Week 2, but it’s the most in#Chargersfranchise history, including the NFL Network’s Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinsonpic.twitter.com/ndaIqAsVca
â€” NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 17, 2019
Gordon knows his holdout has an expiration date at some point this season. It always has. Until then, he’ll train and get ready for his eventual report date down the road.