Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will end his hold out and report to the Chargers on Thursday. Gordon missed all of training camp and the first three weeks of the season. He will not play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but will probably in week 5.
Sources: The holdout is ending. #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is, in fact, reporting to the team tomorrow. He won’t play this week, but he is planning to be back in the fold with his teammates.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2019
Melvin Gordon held out to try to get a new deal; he is set to make $5.6 million in base salary this season. Gordan was reportedly offered a $10 million per season, but Los Angeles did no go any higher. The Chargers gave Gordon permission to seek a trade, but nothing came out of it, the Chargers asking price was too high.
In Gordon’s absence, the Chargers running game has done well. Running backs Austin Eckler and Justin Jackson has done a pretty good job. Eckler has run for 160 yards on 38 carries while averaging 4.2 yards per rush. He also has two rushing touchdowns. Eckler has 19 catches for 208 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Jackson has run for 142 yards on just 18 carries; he is averaging 7.9 yards per rush. As you can see, both running back are holding they’re on. But the Chargers record is 1-2.
Last season Gordon rushed for 885 yards in 12 games and had 1,375 yards from scrimmage. Also, he had 14 total touchdowns. He earned his second trip to the Pro Bowl. Gordon is one the NFL premier back; the Chargers should benefit a lot with him back. Now they can have a three-headed monster backfield. All three of them can produce in the NFL, but look for Gordan to take the lead role as the season goes on.
With all the injuries the Chargers has gone through, Gordon coming back gives their offense another weapon for Phillip Rivers. Gordon can run, and he can catch out the backfield. It may take Gordon a while to get his legs under him, but he will have fresh legs.