Report: Chargers RB Melvin Gordon could hold out until late November


Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. (Ron Schwane/AP)

A standstill between the Los Angeles Chargers and disgruntled running back Melvin Gordon could last into late November, according to a report from ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.

Gordon, 26, is set to make $5.605 million this year in the final year of his contract — but he’s holding out for an extension.

The team doesn’t appear to be budging on Gordon’s request. He has been granted permission to seek trades with other teams, but Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told reporters last weekend, “When or if Melvin reports, he’ll play this season under his current contract, and we’ll just revisit it after the season.”

The reason Gordon’s holdout has a presumed expiry date, according to Schefter, is that Gordon must report to the Chargers at least 30 days prior to the end of the regular season in order to be eligible for free agency next off-season.

Los Angeles plays its final regular season games against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 29.

Through the summer, Gordon and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott were both holding out for contract extensions from their respective teams. Elliott’s wait ended recently, when he signed a six-year, $90-million contract to become the highest paid running back in the NFL.

Gordon, a first-round selection by the Chargers in 2015, has 38 touchdowns in 41 games over the past three seasons.

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