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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20: Melvin Gordon III #25 and Derek Watt #34 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate after a touchdown during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20: Melvin Gordon III #25 and Derek Watt #34 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate after a touchdown during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Should the Chargers consider trading Gordon?

Many fans have hopped over from the “Pay Gordon” train to the “Trade Gordon” train. Unfortunately, he won’t get much of a market. Prior to the season even starting, it was said that the Philadelphia Eagles offered a forth-round pick and Jordan Howard, and that was the absolute best offer the Chargers received from what we know of. That was before the season even started, and before Gordon played the way he is playing now.

If a fourth and a player is really all the Chargers were looking at prior to the season starting, it would be surprising at this point if they were even offered a seventh now. You have to think, Gordon wants the $13 million a year deal, and if a team is trading any draft capital for him, you have to think they will be expected to pay that money, otherwise, it is an extremely short loan.

Even if Gordon lowers his asking price to the $10 million that Chargers general manager Tom Telesco was offering, it’s doubtful that Gordon receives it. He has dug himself into a hole with both the holdout and his play.

That said, should the Chargers even attempt to trade him? Don’t be so sure. Gordon has a high ceiling despite what the common narrative may be at this point in the season. Jackson returning will limit Gordon’s snaps further, and you may see the Chargers become a true running back committee.

This might actually help Gordon and the offense by keeping defenses on their toes. Say the Chargers even find a team that is interested in Gordon, do you really want to give him up at this point when you can have those three guys together in the backfield?

The only way you can mess up having all three running backs on this team healthy is through coaching. Gordon being in the rotation should in no way limit the Chargers offense the way it has, it’s ridiculous that it has even been the case.

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