Chargers RB Melvin Gordon walks back comment that he’s waiting for Le’Veon Bell to sign contract
In today’s “welp!” news, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is going back on a comment he made a few days ago about waiting for Le’Veon Bell to sign his contract.
Originally, Gordon — who frequently makes headlines for his over-the-top proclamations — told NFL Media’s Around the NFL podcast that, unless Le’Veon Bell made a move, he wasn’t going to.
“I’m waiting. I’m sitting back waiting, waiting on Bell. I’m glad (the market is) changing because we (running backs) were getting devalued for a little bit. But me, David Johnson, Todd Gurley, I can go down a whole list, Bell, you name it, ‘Zeke,’ just game-changers, Alvin Kamara, all those guys.”
Perhaps realizing that he spoke a little too much a little too soon, Melvin Gordon walked back on his comments today.
Melvin Gordon told @BarstoolRadio he is not waiting for Le'Veon Bell's new contract to sign his own. He feels Todd Gurley and David Johnson already set the RB market, so there's no need to wait.
"They tell me to come in tomorrow and sign some papers, I will."
— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) February 1, 2019
“Gordon is set to make $5.6 million in the final year of his rookie deal next season. Bell is older than both him and Gurley, and he just took a full year off. Gurley signed a four-year, $60 million with the Los Angeles Rams last offseason that includes $45 million guaranteed. Johnson, who is older than all of them at 27, got $39 million — $25 million guaranteed — from the Arizona Cardinals over three years.”
To put it another way, Melvin Gordon either realized on his own, or had his agent inform him, that he wasn’t going to do much better than Todd Gurley’s contract, especially since recent reports indicate that Bell is going to be nowhere near Gurley’s level.
Regardless, Gordon’s promised salary looks like a promising one for a running back, and he should be content with what’s being offered.