Chargers' Melvin Gordon prepared to sit out season without new deal, report says

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Melvin Gordon may not make it on the field in 2019.

According to a report from ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, the Chargers and their running back have not made any progress toward reaching a new contract.

The report noted Gordon still wants to return in time for the regular season but is prepared to sit out if the two sides don’t reach an agreement.

ESPN reported last month “there is mounting pessimism” Gordon will come to an agreement on a new deal before the start of the regular season.

Gordon was placed on the reserve/did not report list last month after he failed to show up for training camp. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $5.6 million, though he reportedly wants a new deal that will put him “among the highest-paid running backs in the league.” 

It’s also been rumored that Gordon requested to be dealt amid the sour negotiations, though the Chargers didn’t give him permission to seek trade options with other NFL teams.

Gordon, 26, had 1,375 combined rushing and receiving yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns in 12 games last season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has had three consecutive seasons of more than 1,300 total yards and 12 touchdowns.