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After missing the first month of the season due to a contract-related holdout, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon could be the centerpiece of a trade.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the trade market for Gordon is expected “to be active” ahead of the Oct. 29 trade deadline, noting the Chargers will still ask for a lot from teams interested in Gordon.

This should come as no surprise at all. Gordon’s holdout was a bad decision that has only gotten worse as his return to action has resulted in very poor outings. Since he came back, Gordon has rushed for 81 yards on 36 carries and has not scored a rushing touchdown.

Additionally, Los Angeles’ offensive line has been in shambles, and there are reports that the 2019 season could be Philip Rivers’ last. The 2-5 Chargers appear to be ready for a full rebuild with a rookie quarterback as the centerpiece. Gordon, who wants a lot of money on a long-term deal, doesn’t appear to be part of the team’s plans going forward.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.