Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said during an appearance on the “Around The NFL” podcast Wednesday that he plans to wait until after Le’Veon Bell has signed his next contract before agreeing to an extension.
“I’m waiting. I’m sitting back waiting, waiting on Bell,” Gordon said, via the OC Register. “I’m glad it’s changing because we (running backs) were getting devalued for a little bit. But me, David Johnson, Todd Gurley, I can go down a whole list, Bell, you name it, ‘Zeke,’ just game-changers, Alvin Kamara, all those guys.”
However, Gordon made it clear he plans to remain with the Chargers “for a while.”
“I know we’ll figure something out and the Chargers are going to be my home for a while,” Gordon said.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco said a few weeks ago that they planned to consider an extension for Gordon.
“I think it’s something we’ll definitely look at,” Telesco said. “He’s a huge part of our offense. He’s a warrior for us, he does all the little things to be a great player. All the little things you need. I love having him. We’re happy we have him.”
Gordon, 25, is a former first-round pick out of Wisconsin by the Chargers in the 2015 NFL Draft. He is entering the final year of his four-year $10.669 million rookie contract that is fully guaranteed and is set to earn a base salary of $1,889,967 for the 2018 season.
The Chargers picked up Gordon’s fifth-year option this past May worth $5,605,000 for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Gordon appeared in 12 games for the Chargers and rushed for 885 yards on 175 carries (5.1 YPC) to go along with 50 receptions for 490 yards receiving and 14 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 running back out of 62 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding the Chargers and Gordon as the news is available.