Melvin Gordon is not in the same position as Le & # 39; Veon Bell. Gordon is under contract. Bell did not, refusing to sign the franchise tag.
So, while Bell could afford to stay out all season, Gordon can not. It must be submitted on Tuesday after Week 10 to get credit for the year.
Bell probably did not get as much as he expected when signing a four-year, $ 52.5 million contract with the Jets this offseason, although he ranks second in the annual average salary behind Todd Gurley. Still, brokers as a group want more, wondering out loud why they have been devalued.
The problem for brokers is that most are replaceable.
In the absence of Bell, James Conner had 1,470 yards from the scrimmage and 13 touchdowns, and the Steelers managed 8-4-1 in the 13 games he played. C.J. Anderson came to Los Angeles from his couch and had 316 yards from practice and two touchdowns for the Rams in the two games that Gurley missed last season, with the Rams both winning.
The Chargers even won all four games that Gordon missed last season.
Gordon, however, noted the absence of Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 for the Cowboys. Dallas went 3-3 without his star runner and missed the playoffs that season. The Cowboys are 28-12 in the regular season with Elliott, who is also looking for a new deal.
"Clearly, you've seen what happened when Zeke was out, it was a completely different team," Gordon said Saturday at SportsCon 2019 in Dallas. "You can replace the average backups. Yes, just water them. But a big back? You can not just replace a big back. People think you can do that. You can not It will be a difference. It will be a difference, man. We do so much so that people even try to devalue us. We block. We have to run the ball. We have to collect protections. We have to catch the ball. We have to do what the receivers do. We have to do our thing. We have so much going through us.
"I tell people the most difficult position outside the quarterback. . . It is the only position [that’s harder] Because you have to know a lot. Outside of that, the runner is the next most difficult position in the field, and we should receive the payment as such. "
The Gordon representation informed the Chargers that the runner will not show up at the training camp without a new agreement, and said on Saturday he is "prepared to do what I have to do."
Now, it's up to the Chargers to decide how much they value Gordon and at what price.