Chargers deadline move No. 2: Trading away running back Melvin Gordon
After returning from what seemed to be the most useless holdout in NFL history, Melvin Gordon certainly has not shown the team nor the rest of the league that he deserves upwards of $10 million annually as he seems to believe. An offense that looked electric with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson moving the ball all around the field seems to have stalled and come to a halt while trying to get Gordon more carries and snaps. There possibly are teams out there who see the talent Gordon possesses, and maybe they are interested in adding the Pro-Bowl running back. So why won’t Telesco move Gordon to another team?
This is likely for two main reasons. Reason one being that he and the coaching staff do see the potential Gordon has after showing top-five capabilities when healthy throughout last season. Gordon had the best season of his career last year with what was (as always) a subpar offensive line. He was a key piece on a great offense, and they believe he can still be that player. The other reason? He is not willing to lower the asking price for Gordon. The team was reportedly seeking at least a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and for a player who is looking for top money at his position, it doesn’t seem that teams will want to budge at that price. Telesco is likely leveraging the fact that he can get better compensation from a compensatory pick if teams are only looking to exchange picks or send late round picks in exchange for Gordon.
Until the asking price for Gordon is lowered, or he announces he is willing to work out a more cost friendly deal with whatever team trades for him, fans can expect him to remain with the Chargers for this season and test the open market in the offseason.