2019 Chargers Disappointments: Melvin Gordon
Sometimes, following the Melvin Gordon timeline this season felt like a soap opera. From his holdout that started in July to potential trade situations, there was always some storyline, even during the early weeks of the season.
Some of these conditions, including Gordon not being in training camp, negatively affected his 2019. This is something Gordon admitted himself.
However, Gordon has to be held to the same standard the rest of the team is. He made a poor decision he regrets, primarily on the advice of his agent, but his 2019 was his 2019. He wasn’t hurt either.
Gordon had the second-lowest mark for yards per attempt of his career at 3.8, while also having some infamous miscues. Most infamously, fans will remember his two fumbles that cost the Chargers the game vs. Tennessee. The undisciplined performance in Minnesota doesn’t sit well either.
Could Gordon come back in 2020 and be back to his 2018 form? It’s possible. It’s not a bet it feels like the Chargers can make right now though.
Had Gordon had another career year, the decision to pay him might have already been made. But now, it feels awfully hard to get to that $10 million contract figure when Austin Ekeler has been incredible with a capable Justin Jackson still on the roster.
Gordon was aiming for $15 million a year for a contract in 2019, but his career lows this year make it hard to really consider going forward with him even at the $10 million a year number that the Chargers were willing to go up to. He just didn’t have the vision and efficiency he had last year, and that’s on him.