NFL notebook: Chargers RB Gordon threatens holdout
Discouraged by his contract situation, Melvin Gordon told the Chargers he will not report to training camp and will instead demand a trade unless he receives a new deal.
Gordon’s agent, Fletcher Smith, confirmed his client is prepared to remain away from the team if necessary when the Chargers report to Costa Mesa in two weeks.
The sides have been discussing an extension, but the lack of progress led to the running back toughening his stance this week.
Gordon, who is scheduled to make $5.6 million this season, is in the final year of the deal he signed with the Chargers after they drafted him 15th overall in 2015.
He skipped the team’s voluntary offseason program before reporting to minicamp last month.
Gordon last season rushed 175 times for 885 yards and caught 50 passes for another 490 and scored 14 touchdowns. But he also missed four games because of injuries. Behind Gordon, the Chargers have Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome. They were 4-0 last season in the games Gordon missed.
Dolphin at fault for accident
Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton was at fault for a two-car accident last week that resulted in the amputation of his left arm, ending his football career, according to a crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Norton was issued a citation for an improper lane change of his 2017 Ford F250, which crashed into the right side of a 2015 Maserati before it slammed into a concrete barrier and overturned onto its roof. While no tests for alcohol or other drugs were administered, investigators determined Norton and his passenger, a 34-year-old woman named Shakir Williams, were not suspected of alcohol or drug use.
Ex-NYJ coach dies at 89
Former New York Jets coach Walt Michaels died Wednesday, his daughter, Mary Ann, told the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader. He was 89.
Michaels was the Jets coach for six seasons beginning in 1977, going 39-47-1. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in 1982 and was the Jets defensive coordinator for the team that won Super Bowl III. Michaels was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1951 and was a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker.