Unfortunately, a bit of drama has surfaced with word that star running back Melvin Gordon will not report to training camp without realizing his financial dreams.
Gordon, who was the 15th overall draft pick in the 2015 draft, is set to earn $5.6 million in 2019 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, which the Chargers picked up last year.
That's the 11th-highest salary at the position for 2019, though it's tied to his draft position via the collective bargaining agreement.
Gordon has been eligible to sign an extension for more than a year, but general manager Tom Telesco said this offseason that there was no timeline.
According to Schefter, "Smith said Gordon is dug in and discouraged with the lack of progress in the talks". "But that's not going to stop me from coming out here and doing what I need to do".
Gordon enjoyed a breakout season previous year for the Chargers despite missing a quarter of a season with a knee sprain. "If it's going to happen, it'll happen", he said. Despite the time lost, Gordon still made his second Pro Bowl in 2018 after also being voted into the game in 2016, his sophomore season in the league.
The Wisconsin product has led the Chargers in rushing in each of the last three seasons with an average of 996 rushing yards and 9.3 rushing touchdowns per season. Looking at conventional stats, Gordon had 885 rushing yards, averaged 5.1 yards per carry and had 10 rushing touchdowns.