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The case for Melvin Gordon to stay in Los Angeles

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers gets the ball punched away as Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers reaches across in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers gets the ball punched away as Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers reaches across in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals for a score of 20-10 at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals for a score of 20-10 at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Melvin Gordon, the Los Angeles Chargers’ star running back demanded an extension or a trade, and he may have a case for getting paid.

It has been turmoil on Chargers Twitter since the news first broke Thursday morning that Gordon, one of the team’s top players, demanded an extension or a trade before training camp, or he wouldn’t show up.

Gordon was going to play 2019 in the fifth and last year of his rookie deal, and his potential extension was already a topic of discussion.

Flash, as he has been nicknamed since his college days, is one of the most beloved players on the team. But the event was quick to change people’s perceptions and opinions.

Four weeks ago, 80% of polled fans wanted a Melvin Gordon extension. Today, 51%. https://t.co/OHUYDGtGxi

— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) July 12, 2019

As can be seen, fan opinion quickly changed, and social media has seen a lot of Chargers fans support the trade alternative.

A trade could be beneficial, and make the next big name extensions possible for the Chargers. That can be read about here, here and here.

But Gordon is one of the best backs in the league, and while running back is certainly one of the most replaceable positions, is Gordon so good that he can’t be replaced?

That is a question worth exploring since the Chargers are on the brink of a Super Bowl run and need all the help they can get. Can they replace one of the best tailbacks in the league?

Let’s see what sets Gordon apart.

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