Running back Melvin Gordon reportedly doesn't intend to report to the Los Angeles Chargers for Week 1 as he attempts to work out a trade away from the AFC West club, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
"When or if Melvin reports, he'll play this season under his current contract, and we'll just revisit it after the season", Telesco said, confirming that he is not willing to renegotiate Gordon's pay until next season.
With that, the Chargers have yanked their extension offer to Gordon off the negotiating table and left the star running back with limited options.
The NFL Network was the first to report the news.
According to Schefter, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that all talks have been postponed just one day after the team granted Gordon permission to seek a trade. However, Gordon declined and now we are where we are. 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.
That's an interesting crop of teams, and perhaps there are more to come, but let's start with four teams that initially have drawn Gordon's gaze. After that, Gordon will become an unrestricted free agent as long as L.A. doesn't place the franchise tag on him.
There is still a chance that either Gordon or the Chargers budge and Gordon plays the 2019 season in LA.