Chargers GM: Contract Negotiations Postponed With RB Melvin Gordon Until Offseason

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Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said on a conference call today that any contract extension talks with holdout running back Melvin Gordon will be postponed until after the 2019 NFL season, reports Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport.

As Rapoport puts it, unless Gordon can find a trade partner, he’ll play on his fifth-year contract option in 2019. That option, as part of an extension he signed in 2015, is worth $5.6 million.

Should Gordon not play, he would forfeit his weekly game check of $330,000. He has to show up by Week 10 for the season to count towards free agency, which makes his situation different from what we saw last season with Pittsburgh Steelers holdout RB Le’Veon Bell.