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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Football

Melvin Gordon hopeful of remaining with Chargers despite holdout

Melvin Gordon

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is holding out of training camp in search of a new contract, but that doesn’t mean he actually wants to leave the team.

Gordon said Saturday that he does want to end up with the Chargers, saying that the team “changed my life” by drafting him and giving him the opportunity to play. Ultimately, however, he admitted that he wants to get paid.

Gordon is pretty clear that this is business, but he’s very serious about getting what he feels he’s owed. The former 1,000-yard rusher makes it sound like his optimal solution would simply be that the Chargers pay up and he stays, but he’s also made it clear he’s willing to force an exit if they’re not going to cooperate.

Security guard will press charges against Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

The security guard who was allegedly assaulted by Ezekiel Elliott will press charges against the Dallas Cowboys running back.

Kyle Johnson was allegedly bumped and shoved over a metal railing by Elliott during an incident in Las Vegas in May. The guard said he originally sought an apology and would have been satisfied with that. He claims he changed his mind after Elliott escaped punishment from the NFL. He also deemed Elliott’s apology to be insincere.

“To not have anything happen to him, the NFL is basically saying it’s okay to go to Vegas, get obliterated and shove people over fences,” Johnson told Enzo Marino of FOX 5 Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police will investigate the guard’s claims. If they deem there is enough evidence to charge Elliott, the Cowboys running back could be charged with battery.

You can judge for yourself the sincerity of Elliott’s apology, but it hasn’t been enough for Johnson. It remains to be seen whether new evidence will come to light as part of the investigation, and how the NFL would react if it did.

Patrick Mahomes laughs off Colin Cowherd’s ridiculous jab

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes laughed off some ridiculous criticism from Colin Cowherd.

Mahomes received attention on Friday for throwing a ball out of Arrowhead Stadium.

It was a cool display of physical talent. Of course, Cowherd had to come along and ruin the moment by drawing a Tom Brady comparison.

Cowherd’s jab had no place here, but that’s what he does best. At least Mahomes and his 50-touchdown MVP season didn’t let it bother him.

Cowherd continues to be one of the biggest trolls in sports media. He must enjoy that distinction.

Colts’ Darius Leonard shares where he gets his inspiration

Darius Leonard

Darius Leonard impressed as a rookie for the Indianapolis Colts last season. Leonard won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and was named first team All-Pro after leading the league with 163 tackles.

The former No. 36 overall pick by the Colts added seven sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, eight passes defended and 12 tackles for a loss. A native of Nichols, South Carolina, Leonard set the South Carolina State record for most career tackles.

Where does his inspiration to work hard come from? He explained in a tweet shared on Sunday.

“Have you ever seen your mama work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet?? It was the nights without lights or the nights that we had to boil water for a bath that makes me push whenever I feel like I can’t go anymore! I got everything out the MUD! Y’all can’t relate to that!” Leonard wrote.

That kind of inspiration and drive has helped produce one of the best young defensive players in the league. We’d bet on him continuing to get better.

Deal between Robbie Gould, 49ers likely to be only one for franchise players

Jadeveon Clowney

The San Francisco 49ers were able to come to a long-term agreement with kicker Robbie Gould prior to Monday’s deadline for franchise tagged players, but the same should not be expected for other players who were hit with the tag.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Gould has agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million fully guaranteed deal with the Niners that has an option that could turn it into a four-year, $19 million deal. Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett are also hoping for long-term deals before the Monday deadline at 4 p.m., but sources told Schefter they are not expected to get them.

The situation between Gould and the 49ers turned ugly earlier this offseason when the veteran kicker informed the team he wanted to be traded, but Schefter reports that the option in the contract was a breakthrough for the two sides over the weekend. Gould is one of the best kickers in NFL history and has converted on 72 of 75 field goal attempts since originally signing with San Francisco.

As for Clowney, the former South Carolina star will likely continue his holdout through training camp if he does not get a long-term contract on Monday, but he is not expected to go the nuclear route.