After Melvin Gordon’s agent shared the news the Chargers running back wants a new deal or a trade, another of Gordon’s agents doubled down on the two-time Pro Bowl player’s stance.
Fletcher Smith went on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday to say Gordon will miss as much time as he needs to in order to get a new contract. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract.
“He’s prepared to sit, and we’ll take it day by day, week by week and see how things go,” Smith said. “But at this time, if he can’t get anything done, he certainly won’t be at training camp, and he’s prepared to sit as long as he has to.”
Fletcher Smith, agent for Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, talks about the RB’s desire for a long-term deal.
“He’s prepared to sit as long as he has to”
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) July 11, 2019
Gordon, 26, has made it clear he just wants to be compensated fairly and will be ready to part ways with the team after spending his entire four-year career with the organization — if it comes to that.
“We’ll see how it plays out,” Smith said. “Maybe he ends up staying where he is right there in Los Angeles. There’s nothing to suggest that he does not want to be there. He just wants to be compensated. He’d love to stay in [Los Angeles], assuming we can get something done. If not, he’s prepared to move.”
Gordon is slated to earn $5.6 million in 2019 and was at mandatory minicamp last month after sitting out voluntary workouts earlier this offseason.
He admitted at that time that he would love to have a new deal done, and “I don’t want to miss football.”
Gordon had 1,375 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns last season, despite missing four games.
He has had three consecutive seasons of at least 1,300 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns.
The Chargers are scheduled to open training camp July 24.