Not what Charger fans would prefer to be contemplating before the first game of what is called by many, a Super Bowl season, however, it is time to discuss the Melvin Gordon Trade outlook. A sober subject in Tinseltown for Charger fans.
When your former first-round draft selection (15th overall) is on the trade block and it’s not even the end of his first contract it is not good news for the club, the player or the fans. Make no bones about it, that is exactly where the Los Angeles Chargers, Melvin Gordon and the Boltz faithfull find themselves as week 1 opening games quickly approach.
There are two sides.
RB Melvin Gordon
Gordon (his camp) feel he is a top tier RB and in today’s market the feeling by players and agents is they need to get paid upfront because teams run backs into the ground and toss them aside once the CBA mandated contracts are off the table. They fully understand a club can cut a player and toss them aside no matter how many years are on a contract and the only assured thing is guaranteed money.
Los Angeles Chargers
The club understands the CBA gives the player the right to use tools like holding out in order to press their contract desires, however, they see him as a very good player who is currently under contract. The club would love to have Gordon in house but with his injury history, lack of top-end speed and home-run plays they don’t feel he is a top-tier talent at this time, so he should not be paid like one. They also have quite a few RB’s in hand and feel Philip Rivers is the straw that stirs the Chargers offensive drink.
The club is reportedly asking for a first and fifth-round pick (via NBC Sports) which reflects in part how the club sees his value. One would think the asking price for say, Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott would be multiple high round picks. Yet a 1/5 combo isn’t chopped liver and it also sends a message to Gordon and his camp. The team is prepared to let him sit there and accrue fines rather than give him up for nothing. It’s a stand-off.
Melvin Gordon Trade Outlook
Ideally, what the Cards want is for Gordon’s camp to reconsider, everybody makeup and get on with a possible Super Bowl run. Gordon (at this point) would like a team willing to pony up a first and a sweetener as WELL as rework his contract so he is getting paid around $13 million a year.
You decide with position seems more likely to occur.
I see and understand both positions. There is logic on both sides. At the end of the day, all we really know is the NFL is indeed a business first. Week 1 is here. All hands on deck.
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