Melvin Gordon tells Chargers he’s not showing up without a new deal


The big news this morning from ESPN's National Football League insider Adam Schefter?

Los Angeles Charger running back Melvin Gordon has informed the team that he will not report to training camp unless he receives a new contract, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter. That is, of course, unless he's provided with a new contract before the start of camp. 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. Thus far, things have gone well - but not great.

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. Time has gone by, and Gordon has yet to sign a deal.

Gordon ranks fourth in total rushing yards since 2016 and his 28 rushing touchdowns during that stretch is tied for second among all running backs. And while RB Kenyan Drake is in a contract year, coughing up what likely figures to be an early draft selection to get a back who has already depended on volume to reach lofty numbers is counterproductive to the Dolphins' long term plans to build through the NFL Draft.

The Wisconsin product has led the Chargers in rushing in each of the last three seasons with an average of 996 rushing yards and 9.3 rushing touchdowns per season.