It doesn’t look like Melvin Gordon’s contract dispute with the Los Angeles Chargers will end any time soon.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Gordon’s holdout is expected to carry over into the regular season, as talks between the two sides have not progressed all that well.
Gordon is entering the final year of his deal and is slated to make $5.605 million.
The 26-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played 12 games, missing some time due to knee issues. When he was on the field, he rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 50 receptions for 490 yards and four scores en route to the Pro Bowl.
Gordon, who played his collegiate football at the University of Wisconsin, was originally selected by the Chargers in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He appeared in 14 contests during his rookie year and struggled, totaling 641 yards without a touchdown and registering a meager 3.5 yards per attempt. Then, the following season, Gordon participated in 13 games, recording 997 yards and 10 scores, recording 3.9 yards per carry. He also caught 41 passes for 419 yards and a couple of touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl as a result.
Gordon followed that up by playing his only full 16-game campaign thus far in 2017, tallying 1,105 yards while reaching the end zone eight times on the ground, logging 3.9 yards per attempt. Plus, he snared 58 balls for 476 yards and four scores.
Los Angeles currently seems content to head into 2019 with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson as its top two rushers.