"I would be lying if I said I didn't want a deal, but that's not going to stop me from coming out here", Gordon said at the time, per the Los Angeles Daily News.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) carries the ball past Baltimore Ravens defensive end Brent Urban (96) in the third quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Gordon will make $5.6 million in 2019 in the final year of his rookie contract. Two of Gordon's agents made the national media rounds on Thursday, using terms such as "very serious" and "disrespectful" to describe Gordon's mood and his dedication to following through on their threats. Furthermore, Gordon's agent, Fletcher Smith, says he will demand a trade if a new deal is not reached.
Deals for running backs are tough, because a lot of good backs see a downward decline after their age 30 season.
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.
This is likely a small ripple in the AFC West pond given that the Chargers would be foolish to let Gordon walk.
Gordon averaged 5.1 yards per attempt and scored 14 touchdowns with the Bolts last season. In addition, he hauled in 50 receptions for 490 yards and four scores en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. Trading star players is hardly unprecedented, but trading a running back of Gordon's caliber in his prime would be.
Melvin Gordon is taking a stand.