Melvin Gordon tells Chargers to give him new contract or trade him

Agent - Chargers' Gordon wants trade if no deal

Running back Melvin Gordon has informed the Los Angeles Chargers that unless he receives a new contract, he will not report to training camp and he will demand a trade, his agent Fletcher Smith told ESPN.

Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs on a pass play during the second half of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. Per Schefter, the 26-year-old is unwilling to accept a deal "that does not put him near the salaries" of other top running backs like Todd Gurley, David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell.

Gordon, who was the No. 15 overall pick of the 2015 National Football League draft, is entering the final year of his rookie contract, which calls for him to earn $5.6 million this season. Gordon would also be set to the NFC and far away from the Chargers and their regular season matchups.

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Gordon, who was the 15th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, came to the Chargers with the expectation that he could provide the missing link to a potent offense after rushing for 2,587 yards his senior season at Wisconsin. He rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while catching 50 passes for 490 yards and four TDs.

That said, it's hard to ignore the price (pun intended) of paying a running back.

The Chargers may want to avoid a similar situation with Gordon and could look to trade him.

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