The Facts: Gordon does not believe the Los Angeles Chargers are trading him and will continue his holdout to "protect himself," but he will report to the team in 2019, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "This is not a Le'Veon Bell situation," the source told Fowler. "He still wants to be a Charger. But he's got to protect himself."
Diehards Line: The belief is the Chargers have shown little-to-no flexibility in moving off a high asking price to facilitate a trade, Fowler's source added. And why would they? Gordon remains under contract, but they aren't paying him. And Gordon has subjected himself to fines during his absence. ESPN reported in August that Gordon was considering sitting out until midseason, returning in time to accrue an NFL season toward free agency. That appears to be the play here.