Last night he reported that progress had been made in Ezekiel Elliott's ownership of the Cowboys Melvin Gordon's confrontation with the Chargers has led to much darker news. According to GM Chargers, Tom Tom Telosco seems more likely than Gordon to have played his last game with the team.
Telosco told reporters yesterday that the team would suspend contract negotiations with Gordon until the end of the upcoming season, which means he won't get the big extension he is holding on to. Gordon already has several options: He can end his involvement and play the last year of his rookie contract with the Chargers, or he can continue to sit out during the regular season while hoping the Chargers find a team to trade him with. If that doesn't happen by the trade deadline 8, then he'll have to decide again whether he wants to come back and play for the rest of the season or sit all year long, as Le'Veon Bell did.
Apart from being traded, none of these options is very attractive. Gordon must have realized that his retention would ultimately lead to this, given how little leverage he has back in our day trying to negotiate a contract extension. Until a team shows that not getting their star back on the field is a problem they cannot overcome, players in Gordon's position will continue to be greeted with hardball negotiations.
Of course, this reality does not make it any less lame. Gordon is one of the most exciting running backs in the league, and Chargers games will be poorer and less exciting without his presence. It would be nice if the NFL wasn't structured in such a way that every new season comes with the extreme likelihood of at least one favorite star player being pushed out of the field by his own organization.