Chargers, Melvin Gordon's extension talks suspended until after 2019 season

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Los Angeles will not be negotiating a new deal with the running back ⁠- who is now holding out - during the season, general manager Tom Telesco told reporters Sunday.

General manager Tom Telesco said he informed the running back's representatives that, with Week 1 beginning, any such talks would now be put off until after the season. "So when or if Melvin reports, he'll play this season on his current contract".

Saturday's deadline to finalize 53-man rosters has come and gone, and so has the Los Angeles Chargers' patience with Melvin Gordon. Details of the contract were not immediately known, but NFL Network reported it's worth $30 million with $20 million in guarantees. 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.

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Gordon has been holding out in hopes of a new contract and the Chargers recently gave him permission to seek a trade. Gordon surely will find a new home, or he'll end the holdout and earn the $5.6 million he's slated to take home this season and work out the extension in the offseason. Gordon declined that original offer, seeking a bigger payday.

The Chargers originally selected Gordon out of Wisconsin with the No. 15 pick in the 2015 draft.

Without Gordon, the Chargers will go into their opener September 8 against Indianapolis with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson as their top running backs.

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