Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has requested permission to speak to other teams about a trade. This comes after reports that contract talks have stalled between the running back and the team. Ekeler is due $6.25 million this upcoming season which is the last year that he is under contract. While Ekeler and his agent have requested the trade there is no word if the Chargers plan to accommodate his request at this time. He has been a major part of their offense and a key member of the passing game.
Chargers’ RB Austin Ekeler is requesting permission to speak with other teams about a potential trade after preliminary talks with the team aimed at a contract extension did not progress, his agent Cameron Weiss told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2023
This past season with the Los Angeles Chargers, Austin Ekeler rushed the ball 204 times for 915 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 107 passes for 722 yards and five receiving touchdowns. Since becoming the primary running back on the team, Ekeler has been vital for the team especially when the offense gets cold or stalls out. His reliance as a check down option for Justin Herbert has been vital for the team’s growth.
There has been a recent struggle in the NFL for a few seasons now with teams and their running backs. With a shorter prime for most players at the position, they’ve begun trying to maximize their first contract extensions to a higher degree, while some teams have been hesitant to invest in their starting running backs. Another team could be willing to give Ekeler the deal he wants this year or next year.