Chargers postpone extension talks with Gordon until end of season

It's probably nothing, but fans took notice when Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon started following several other National Football League teams over the weekend, including the two Bay Area teams - the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.

If Melvin Gordon is going to play for the Chargers this season, it'll be on the running back's fifth-year option.

With contract talks tabled, Gordon can keep sitting out, as he's done all summer, return to the Chargers or find a trade partner.

As for the 49ers, they placed running back Jerick McKinnon on season-ending injured reserve, leaving them with Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert in the backfield.

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There is still a chance that either Gordon or the Chargers budge and Gordon plays the 2019 season in LA. The Chargers host Indianapolis in the September 8 season opener. If Gordon can not find a team to do that and the veteran eventually reports to the Chargers, he's set to make $5.6 million under that fifth year option for 2019.

The Indianapolis Colts have signed quarterback Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12-million contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

During the 2018 season, Gordon rushed for 885 yards and 10 scores on 175 carries (5.1 yards per carry), while catching 50 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns. He has added 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns on 149 receptions. He's a fast, versatile back who can hit home runs when he gets into the open field.

  • Lawrence Cooper