Melvin Gordon cites ‘teammates’ as reason for ending holdout
Melvin Gordon ended his protracted holdout on Thursday and joined the Los Angeles Chargers at the team facility. After skipping the entirety of training camp and the team’s first three games of the season, Gordon recently relayed the reason why he decided the timing was right for his return.
According to a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, it had everything to do with the bond with his Chargers teammates.
From NFL Now: The fallout from #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon ending his holdout, the why and what happens now. pic.twitter.com/Z91lR1nIfj— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 26, 2019
“I got a text from Melvin Gordon last night and it said one word: teammates,” Rapoport said Thursday on NFL Network. “He missed his teammates, he missed football, he wanted to be back with his guys and that’s exactly what you saw today.”
Despite Gordon’s claim, some have asserted that the running back felt compelled to end his holdout due to how well the Chargers’ running game was performing in his absence. There is no way to determine whether that’s accurate or not, so Gordon will have to be taken at his word.
That said, it’s not like everything is copacetic between Gordon and the Chargers. A report early Thursday morning from ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggests Gordon is as good as gone in 2020 when his contract expires and he hits free agency.
Cost of a holdout:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 26, 2019
Melvin Gordon will be subject to $1.2 million worth of fines while losing out on $989,118 worth of base salary for the first three games.
Gordon still earn $4,615,882 of base salary for the rest of this season. He will be a free agent, with plans to move on.
As noted above, Gordon’s holdout cost him big time financially, so it’s possible that money may have had something to do with his return to the team as well.
Given his lack of training camp and practices, Gordon isn’t expected to play until an Oct. 6 showdown with the Denver Broncos. With the Chargers sitting at 1-2, there’s no doubt the team is eager to see the two-time Pro Bowler back on the field.