Melvin Gordon (25) missed the first four games of 2019 due to a holdout. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon admits 2019 contract holdout was tough on him

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon wasn't exactly happy with how things went in 2019 with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Wisconsin product admitted that he probably ruined some relationships after holding out for a big-money deal last season. 

"It was tough, but I definitely felt that I ruined some relationships," he said during his introductory conference call, "It's all part of it. Obviously, you try your best to kind of put that aside and try and go out there and still give it your all. That's what I tried to do.

"At times it was definitely difficult. You kind of felt some tension. I kind of felt some tension walking around, but I just tried my best to try and keep a smile on my face and just show up to work every day. Like I said, it was difficult. It was challenging, but I got through. Obviously, I can't take back what I did. What's done is done. Now I'm here."

nb游戏平台Gordon missed the first four games of the 2019 season while looking to be compensated similarly to fellow Pro Bowl RBs Le'Veon Bell and Todd Gurley. After not striking a deal, he then requested a trade, but nothing panned out. 

nb游戏平台Gordon rejoined the Chargers in Week 5 and rushed for 612 yards with eight rushing touchdowns on the season.

He now wishes he didn't hold out for as long as he did because of the legacy he has built.

nb游戏平台"I probably would come back (from the holdout) just because - more so because of my legacy and what I'm trying to do as a player, my mark that I'm trying to leave," Gordon said. 

"Obviously, those are games that I can't get back. Starting out slow and being able to catch stride towards the end of the season, but then it's too late. I would say it was more so for my legacy and what I can do for my career as a player more so than anything else."

nb游戏平台The two-time Pro Bowler signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Broncos in free agency after five seasons with the Chargers. Although he says he ruined some relationships in L.A., he'll be getting a fresh start in Denver. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. 

In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter


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Can you name the last player to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season for every NFL franchise?
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David Johnson
ATL / 1,079 / 2016
Devonta Freeman
BAL / 1,018 / 2019
Mark Ingram
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CAR / 1,387 / 2019
Christian McCaffrey
CHI / 1,122 / 2017
Jordan Howard
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Joe Mixon
CLE / 1,494 / 2019
Nick Chubb
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Ezekiel Elliott
DEN / 1,011 / 2019
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HOU / 1,070 / 2019
Carlos Hyde
IND / 1,091 / 2019
Marlon Mack
JAX / 1,152 / 2019
Leonard Fournette
KC / 1,327 / 2017
Kareem Hunt
LAC / 1,105 / 2017
Melvin Gordon
LAR / 1,251 / 2018
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MIA / 1,272 / 2016
Jay Ajayi
MIN / 1,135 / 2019
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NE / 1,161 / 2016
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NO / 1,124 / 2017
Mark Ingram
NYG / 1,003 / 2019
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