According to Schefter, Gordon has become frustrated with the negotiation process and has made it clear that, if a deal is not reached that puts him near what Todd Gurley, David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell recently got (~$14 million), he wants out of Los Angeles.
I wrote earlier in the week that I do not believe the Chargers should invest that kind of money in the running back position. To summarize my stance: statistics show that, by the age of 27, a running back's best years are behind him. Paying a running back $14 million has a high likelihood of being a very bad investment for the team. As good as Gordon is (and he is very good), I believe it is best to reinvest that money in a position with more longevity and pay a cheaper rookie to carry the load.
With that said, the timing works well for Gordon here. The Chargers have legitimate Super Bowl hopes, and Melvin Gordon is a part of what makes them optimistic. Being as that the Chargers have not made any moves to bolster their running back position in the offseason, their hands may be tied here.
If the Chargers choose not extend Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will likely be the ones picking up the slack. The running game should be very similar to what it was in the four weeks Gordon missed last season. While the Chargers won all four of them, their running game averaged only 3.86 YPC in those games. The Chargers should get a minimum of a first-round pick in return for Gordon if they give in to his trade demand.
This is certainly a story to watch over the next few days as it could have huge implications on this upcoming year as well as the future of the franchise.