Pay Me Or Trade Me: Melvin Gordon Edition

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has demanded that the Chargers either give him a new contract or trade him before the new season kicks off.

Gordon is set to make $5.6 million in the upcoming season however the four-year pro believes that he’s worth more due to his consistency out of the backfield and ability to stay on the field. He has an argument as he’s started at least 11 games in each of his four seasons which includes two pro bowl appearances (2016 & 2018).

The former first-round pick out of Wisconsin is one of the best workhorse backs in the league as he has tallied 5,205 yards from scrimmage and 38 total touchdowns over his four seasons. He ran for over 1,000 yards in the 2017 season and this past year he fell just short of that, but he missed four games and had 100 less carries. He made up for that by averaging over five yards per carry for the first time in his career (He averaged 3.8 before).

If the Chargers don’t pay him now they would be risking watching their best back since LaDainian Tomlinson walk away in next year’s offseason. Would that be a wise move? I don’t believe so. Gordon wants to be paid in the same range as the game’s best backs who have already gotten big paydays such as Todd Gurley and LeVeon Bell and quite frankly he deserves it, especially with Phillip Rivers nearing retirement.

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