Last offseason, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon was not able to reach an agreement for an extension with the Los Angeles team. So, there is a change that he will start the upcoming 2020 season as a free agent.
Melvin Gordon wanted a long-term contract with the team but they refused his demands. Because of this, the player had to hold out into the regular season. His first start came in Week 5 against Denver Broncos.
The former first-round pick had a season to forget, that saw him finish with 612 yards on 162 carries and eight touchdowns.
However, the player would like to remain at Chargers and hopes to resign in free agency with Los Angeles soon.
Speaking on PFT Live, the player said:
“Hopefully I’m here. Hopefully, I don’t have to wait until March to know where I’m gonna be playing.”
However, Melvin Gordon is not completely sure that he will remain at the Chargers due to the business side fo the game. He said:
“When it comes to business, you have to take your emotions out of it. It’s not about if you deserve to be here or not. I’ve talked to (Chargers general manager Tom Telesco) plenty of times, he tells me ‘you deserve to get paid’ but sometimes it just might not be the right situation.”
Melvin Gordon career statistics include a rush of 4,240 yards and 36 touchdowns, coming in 67 career games. Gordon will be one of the top free-agent running backs in the market, in case the team and the player fail to come to an agreement.
In response to entering free agency, Gordon explained to CBS Sports HQ:
“I’m definitely confident. Been training, still been getting after it. Just want to stay ready and prepared. You know, it was a long offseason last year for me — too long to be honest. But it’s part of the game.”