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Chargers general manager on Melvin Gordon’s holdout: “No, I don’t condone it. But I think he’s been pretty professional with his comments”

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Is Melvin Gordon going to become the next Le’Veon Bell?

The 26-year old running back has decided not to attend Los Angeles Chargers training camp, and will continue to sideline himself as a way to negotiate a long-term contract for himself.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco spoke about the situation publicly on Wednesday. It’s safe to say he’s not exactly a fan of Gordon’s negotiation tactics.

“I’ve read a lot of the stuff. I think he’s been pretty professional with everything. Do I condone holding out? No, I don’t condone it. But I think he’s been pretty professional with his comments from what I’ve seen.” said Telesco.

“He’s an excellent player…He’s tough. Great work ethic. Represents the organization extremely well. But he’s not here. I understand his thoughts and opinions on what he’s going through. I always look at the player’s side. I can see it. Doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I can kind of see what his thought process is.” said Telesco.

Despite his feelings, Telesco remains hopeful and confident that they will be able to negotiate a long-term deal with the two-time Pro Bowler, and realizes his value to the franchise.

“I’m not naive: I know we’re better with Melvin Gordon,” added Telesco.

“My only thought process is he’s playing here…He’s an L.A. Charger.”

Gordon, who was selected 15th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, has accumulated 3,628 rushing yards on 897 carries, 182 receptions for 1,577 receiving yards, and 38 touchdowns in four seasons and 55 career games.

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Former NFL star Chad Johnson admits he took viagra prior to games to boost his performance

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Longtime Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson had himself quite the career. From 2001-2011, he recorded 766 receptions for 11,059 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns. He was also a six-time Pro Bowler, a three-time First-team All-Pro, and was a one-time NFL receiving yards leader (2006).

What does he attribute the success too? Well mostly hard work. But he did admit an unexpected medication helped him on the field.

“I took viagra before every game & people thought they’d stop me, if my stat line was bad i wasn’t covered, the pass was just incomplete” Johnson posted through his official Twitter account on Tuesday.

When his followers questioned the validity of that story, he doubled down.

“No it wasn’t a joke, I really took viagra before games, the increase in blood flow made me unbelievable [sic] explosive in & out of my routes.” 

He did it to maximize his performance, and get around the league’s performance enhancing drugs at the time.

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Chargers ink Joey Bosa to record-setting contract extension

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Joey Bosa is now a rich man.

The Los Angeles Chargers have signed the star defensive lineman to a lucrative five-year, $135 million contract extension that includes $102 million of guaranteed money, which is an NFL record for a defensive player.

The 25-year-old, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, was initially selected third overall by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Through four seasons and 51 combined games, Bosa has amassed 201 combined tackles, 40 sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He is also a two-time Pro Bowler, and a recipient of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2016.

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Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower opts out of 2020 NFL season

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With the NFL season quickly approaching, players are going to have to make a decision on whether they want to risk their health and take the field during the coronavirus pandemic. Well Dont’a Hightower has already made up his mind.

The veteran Patriots linebacker announced that he will not participate in the 2020 NFL season. He had just welcomed a baby boy to the world on July 16th, and with the lack of healthy & safety measures implemented by the league, he wasn’t willing to take the chance and risk infecting his family.

“Me and my fiancée are just more concerned with the health of our family than football — especially the new addition to our family,” said Hightower.

Hightower, who was scheduled to make $8 million this season, becomes the fifth Patriots player to opt out of the 2020 campaign.

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