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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, who is nearly five weeks into a holdout over his contract, told ESPN on Monday he is training rigorously in California and is staying ready to play football.
Gordon wants to play but continues to wait for a resolution.
“Just waiting on the call,” said the Pro Bowl back, who also has spent time preparing in Florida.
Gordon declined to discuss his contract situation and his holdout.
Both sides have remained millions apart in negotiations, according to a source. The top of the running back market begins at around $13 million per year, and the Chargers have been well short of that number, despite discussions about bridging the gap with incentives.
Gordon has told the Chargers through his representation that if he does not receive a new deal, he will sit out.
The Chargers held their first training camp practice on July 25, and Gordon has subjected himself to fines during his absence. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said he is “pulling for” Gordon but has to progress with the team’s current offense.
Gordon’s agent, Damarius Bilbo, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson earlier this month that he requested the Chargers trade