We heard yesterday that there was “mounting pessimism” surrounding the Melvin Gordon situation, and that it was looking increasingly likely the Chargers running back would miss regular season time.
Los Angeles’ GM Tom Telesco said recently that he did make Gordon an extension offer and we know the Wisconsin product is seeking top of the running back market money, but we didn’t know the exact details of what either side wanted. Until now. The “talks are $2-$3 million apart in average salary,” reports Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link).
Robinson writes that the Chargers are hoping to give him something slightly more than what Devonta Freeman got from the Falcons (five-years, $41.25MM), while Gordon is “aiming closer” to what the Cardinals gave David Johnson (3 yrs, $39 mil). Robinson adds that he thinks “$12 mil per yr w/ incentives would get it done.” Gordon has been a workhorse for the Chargers the past few seasons, but they seem hesitant to commit that much money to him.
Los Angeles has genuine Super Bowl aspirations, and this situation not only threatens the offense but the locker room chemistry as well. Philip Rivers‘ comments yesterday that the team was “deep” at running back caused quite a firestorm online. While it sounds like the two sides aren’t too far apart, neither side seems willing to budge. Now that we’ve defined where each camp stands, it’ll be very interesting to see who blinks first.
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