Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Eckler He is reportedly looking for a new contract or a new team ESPN’s Adam Schefter Monday. On Tuesday, it looks like Ekeler will start looking for a new team.
The Chargers have reportedly given the 27-year-old permission to seek a trade after failing to make progress on a new contract, Ekeler’s agent Cameron Weiss reports via Schefter.
Weiss previously told Schefter that Ekeler asked for permission to talk to other teams after contract extension negotiations with the Chargers stalled.
Ekeler signed a four-year, $24.5 million deal in 2020 and will enter the final year of that contract with a salary cap of $7.75 million. He’s scored 38 combined touchdowns the past two seasons, which leads the NFL among skill position players. He has finished the past two seasons with at least 900 rushing yards and at least 12 rushing touchdowns.
This is a major development for the future of the Chargers and for the running back stance.
Ekeler is arguably the Chargers’ most consistent player behind quarterback Justin Herbert, who will be eligible for a contract extension for the next off-season. Los Angeles restructured the veteran receiver Keenan AllenThis off-season contract but also has a lot of money tied up wide Mike Williams and $19.07 million in cap space each over the cover.
Although Ekeler is one of the best scoring rushers in the NFL, his average annual value ranks 15th in the league. He’ll be 28 by the time the 2023 season starts. He’s only missed one game in the past two seasons. The elderly similarly turn their backs like Alvin CamaraAnd Dalvin Cook And Ezekiel Elliott They all make more than Ekeler.
The Chargers’ Daredevils are also likely to be seen as their younger running backs I will be BarkleyAnd Josh Jacobs And Tony Pollard Looking for long term extensions in addition to this off season. The three are currently on their respective teams Signs of excellence.