Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chargers’ Gordon could skip camp, demand trade without new contract

Chargers’ Gordon could skip camp, demand trade without new contract

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.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has reportedly informed the team that he won't be reporting to training camp until he gets a new deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Gordon could join an impressive crop of running backs on the open market if he enters free agency in 2020.

Gordon may have had one of the more disappointing rookie seasons for a Chargers player back in 2013, but has steadily improved every year and posted a career-best 5.1 yards per rush and 490 receiving yards.

It's wise for Gordon to force the issue; injury and age can quickly diminish a running back's value.

Gordon had 885 rushing yards on 175 carries for 10 touchdowns last season in 12 starts.

This is likely a small ripple in the AFC West pond given that the Chargers would be foolish to let Gordon walk.

Of the 61 players in National Football League history with over 1,000 touches in their first four seasons, Gordon's 4.82 yards per touch ranks 38th on the list - his big numbers are equal parts his talent and opportunity alike. The two-time Pro Bowler is the focal point of the offense, and at just 26 years old should see plenty more productive seasons ahead. If that happens, here are three potential trade destinations to watch out for.

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