Melvin Gordon's Holdout With the Chargers is Officially Over


The Melvin Gordon holdout is officially over.

The Los Angeles Chargers running back will report to the team on Thursday, per multiple reports, ending a 64-day holdout over a contract extension.

The two sides did not reach a conclusion over a new contract, and Gordon — who also asked for a trade but was not granted one — expects 2019 will be his final season with the Chargers before becoming a free agent, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Gordon had until Week 10 to report to the team or he would not have qualified for a year of accrued pay and thus, would not have been eligible for free agency after the season.

Head coach Anthony Lynn has already said Gordon would not play against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday if he were to return to the team this week. The Chargers will likely apply for a two-week roster exemption in order to allow the 26-year-old running back time to demonstrate he is in game shape.

There is also the issue of the amount of fines Gordon has accrued due to his absence. The 2019 fine is $40,000 per day, which is estimated to amount in $1.2 million. Gordon will still earn $4.6 million of his base salary for the remainder of the season.

Without Gordon, the Chargers are 1-2 and rank 13th in rushing offense. Austin Ekeler has been the featured running back for Los Angeles averaging 4.2 yards-per-carry with two touchdowns and has 208 receiving yards through the first three games.

Gordon is a two-time Pro Bowl running back who averaged 5.1 yards per carry and finished with 885 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games last season for the Chargers, and had 50 catches for 490 yards and four touchdowns.