Chargers reason No. 2: Denied trade talks
It’s hard to trade a running back for a left tackle when the team with the running back has no desire to let said running back leave in a trade, and the team with the left tackle has no desire to let said left tackle leave in a trade. So there’s that.
The Chargers have denied Gordon’s camp from engaging with other teams, and the Redskins aren’t going to just move a franchise left tackle so easily. Washington is struggling without one of its best players; here is what Peterson had to say about the situation, in an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson and found on NFL.com’s article by Kevin Patra:
“Since Day 1 of camp you notice his absence is impacting us tremendously. You go from not having to worry about the blindside at all, to having to chip on that side, add a tight end there which changes what you do. I think it’s making Dwayne Haskins have to think more, not process things as calmly. Matter of fact, I think it’s impacting all of our quarterbacks. Guys are coming off the edge in practice right there on the quarterback and the running back. It’s been a struggle.” -Adrian Peterson
Does that sound like a team willing to deal their star blindside protector?
The Chargers truly want Gordon to play for them, but there’s more to denying trade talks than just keeping the running back: Telesco wants to send an early message, loud and clear, that he isn’t putting up with player holdouts or demands. Not with Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry, Adrian Phillips, and so on needing contracts in 2020 and beyond.