Melvin Gordon was at mandatory minicamp Tuesday after sitting out voluntary workouts earlier this offseason, but he still wants a new contract.
The Chargers running back confirmed that while the two sides have begun discussions regarding a new deal, he isn’t sure how things will play out.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t want a deal, but that’s not going to stop me from coming out here,” Gordon said, per the Los Angeles Daily News. “But we’re going to see … We’re talking right now and that’s kind of where I’m going to leave it.
“I would love to have it done, so I don’t have to worry about that. I can just come into work and do what I need to do. I just don’t want any problems or anything like that. I don’t want to miss football. I don’t have time for none of that going back and forth. I rather just get it done and get it out the way. Like I said, we will revisit that.”
When asked if he would consider sitting out if he doesn’t sign before the start of the regular season in September, Gordon couldn’t give a definitive answer but hinted that he hopes it doesn’t come to that.
“I don’t know, man” Gordon said. “I’m just trying not to talk about it. Like I said, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. When it does, I’m pretty sure you guys will know.”
Gordon is scheduled to earn $5.6 million in 2019. While other rushers around the league like Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson have received their respective deals, Gordon acknowledged that each came at a price, whether it came down to an injury or sitting out.
“It’s an issue with everybody else,” Gordon said about the running back market. “But I know my value. I know what I bring to this team, and I’m sticking with that. Todd’s paid, so Todd don’t care what anybody says right now, him or David Johnson. They can say what they want to say. They signed on the dotted line.
“But unfortunately I haven’t yet, so I’ve got to take the heat for some of the stuff that they’re going through. But I’m not them, and I like I said, I know my value.”
Gordon, 26, had 1,375 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns last season despite missing four games.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection has had three consecutive seasons of at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns