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Chargers: 4 players who should be elsewhere in 2020

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers during pregame warmups before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers during pregame warmups before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers talks with his player Melvin Gordon #25 during pregame warmups prior to the start of their game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers talks with his player Melvin Gordon #25 during pregame warmups prior to the start of their game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Melvin Gordon

Nope, not Philip Rivers. This is a list of players that should be playing elsewhere next season and I just don’t feel that Rivers should be. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be.

Gordon, on the other hand, should absolutely be wearing a different uniform in 2020.

His rough 2019 season started with an ill-timed holdout during the offseason that spilled into the regular season. He felt he deserved more money, but there wasn’t really a single thing that suggested he should have it.

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Meanwhile, Austin Ekeler came in during Gordon’s absence and showed himself to be highly effective as the team’s starting running back. In addition, Justin Jackson is a pretty good backup and Gordon, particularly for the type of salary he will be looking for, has proven to be expendable.

An unrestricted free agent, Gordon will be looking for the best deal he can get this offseason and because of name value and the fact that he is a former first-round pick, he will be one of the top names on the market.

But the deal he will get will likely be much lower than the one that he played for this season, lower than the $10 million the team was willing to pay him per year while trying to end his holdout and far lower than the kind of deal he held out for.

It seems like it is unlikely that he will be back in Los Angeles next season.

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