Melvin Gordon: Time to Panic or Not?

Melvin Gordon wants to come to a contract agreement with the Los Angeles Chargers before training camp begins

Melvin Gordon wants to come to a contract agreement with the Los Angeles Chargers before training camp begins. More

Gordon had 885 rushing yards on 175 carries for 10 touchdowns last season in 12 starts.

Instead, here are three players the Buccaneers could look to use assets to acquire instead of Gordon as they prepare for the 2019 season.

Chargers training camp opens on July 24. On Wednesday, the Chargers learned that Gordon will not report to training camp without a contract extension and has asked for a trade if they can not make the new contract happen. "But at this time, if he can't get anything done, he certainly won't be at training camp, and he's prepared to sit as long as he has to". The Chargers will need to decide soon whether it is worth paying him an extension or to trade him. That being said, most of the league is going with the running back by committee approach.

2018 second-round pick Ronald Jones needs more opportunities to prove himself and should not be given up on after one season, and Peyton Barber is a solid, trustworthy back-the new Buccaneers coaching staff has praised them both this offseason. If it's going to happen, it'll happen. We don't want another Le'Veon Bell situation from a year ago, so the Chargers hope for a quick solution.

The Chargers have solid depth at running back behind Gordon in Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome and went 4-0 last season when Gordon missed time with a knee injury. This team is also ready to win now, so allowing a hole to form in the middle of the offense just doesn't make sense with the way this club is positioned.

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