COSTA MESA, California. – Although Melvin Gordon had plans to report out of training on Wednesday due to a deadlock in the contract negotiations, Tom Telesco, general manager of Los Angeles Chargers, said there was no evil will developing between the organization and the star is running back.
"I love Melvin Gordon," said Telesco. "He's an excellent player, he's tough, he has a great work ethic, and he's an excellent representative of our organization, but he's not here."
"I understand his thoughts and opinions about what he's going through. I always look to the side of the player so I can see it. That does not mean that I agree, but I can somehow see what his thinking process looks like. "
Telesco continued that the Chargers have offered Gordon a new contract, but at this point they will carry on with what they have on the depth map have Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome.
"I'm not naive: I know we're better with Melvin Gordon," Telesco said, "but we have a strong group of people who are here, and it's their time to work and get ready. "
Gordon is in the final year of a rookie contract, but wants a new deal to make him one of the highest paid running backs Gordon told the Chargers through his representation that if he does not get a new deal, he'll suspend and demand a trade.
Telesco said he did not tolerate persevering, but based on everything he read. "He believes Gordon has handled the situation professionally. As it stands, the Chargers are moving forward, as if Gor, "said Telesco don will eventually be on the team.
" My only thought is that he plays here, "Telesco said." He is an LA Charger . "
The last time the Chargers had anything to do with a player in training camp was 2016, when the defensive end of Joey Bosa was out of action for 31 days.
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After months of deadlock, the two teams agreed to compromise one week before the start of the regular season.
Unlike Bosa is Gordon in the final year of a rookie deal under contract should pay him 5.6 million US dollars in 2019.
Since Gordon is under contract, he will fines under the Collective Agreement of the League fines of up to 40,000 US dollars per day of T imposed on rainingslagers.
Charging Station Mike Pouncey said he talked to Gordon and found himself a seasoned NFL player in his situation to maximize his contract.
"It's difficult, but you're just there for him," Pouncey said. "Mel is a damn good football player, what he struggles to get the money he deserves is what every player wants, I can not get into the whole contract dispute, but Mel is one of the top running backs in the NFL, and he does Whether it happens this year or next, it will happen someday. "
Pouncey said he also understands that the train does not stop moving with Gordon, and the Chargers need to move on Get ready for the season.
"He's a tough worker and a great football player," Pouncey said. "So I hope they can do it because we need him on our football team, so this year we're trying to do something special so we can see how it all works, and I hope he gets back at some point during the practice." Camp, but if not, I will support him throughout the year and we will do what we need without him.
"Melvin's one of my brothers "One of the guys I'm close to," Hayward said, "so I definitely understand his situation. There is a short window that you can pay in this profession, especially in the return position. And I have the feeling that he is currently in this window. He's in his heyday, so I'm definitely "Understand where he is."
Telesco told reporters that left-wing assailant Russell Okung was placed on the list of active non-football casualties, which means that he still competes against the 90-man list.
Okens availability for the training camp is in question. According to Telesco, Okung had a serious medical problem in June and is still recovering. The GM went on to say that Okung may miss the entire training camp and even some regular season games.