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Former UW star Melvin Gordon may demand trade

Former UW star Melvin Gordon may demand trade

Some of the NFL's top running backs have been getting big paydays, and unless Melvin Gordon gets one, he's going to cause a huge headache for the Chargers. His dissatisfaction with negotiations led him and his agent, Damarius Bilbo, to address the matter publicly in an effort to either secure a better offer or force a trade.

Gordon, who was the 15th overall draft pick in the 2015 draft, is set to earn $5.6 million in 2019 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, which the Chargers picked up last year.

Chargers training camp opens on July 24.

According to Gordon's agent Fletcher Smith, Gordon is dug in and discouraged with where talks stand at the moment. He had 885 rushing yards in 12 games last season and added another 490 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

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"I'd be lying if I said I didn't want a deal done", Gordon said in June. I would like to go out there and have it done.

He was also asked about possibly not playing in 2019 without a new deal. Gordon wouldn't be the first player in National Football League history to hold out or demand a trade, nor will he be the last. "When it does, I'm pretty sure you guys will know".

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.