Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) celebrates a touchdown score during the first quarter of an NFL first round playoff football matchup Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars edged the Los Angeles Chargers on a field goal 31-30. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] Jki 011423 Chargers Jags Cp 86

Los Angeles Chargers star running back Austin Ekeler requested to speak with other teams about a potential trade as a contract extension between him and the Chargers could not be reached.

The team granted that request, but they remain hopeful that they’ll be able to work out a deal with the 27-year-old.

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is especially hopeful that a deal can be worked out so that he remains with the team.

“We’ve been in full communication with his team,” he told Wyche. “I think there’s alignment and a way forward. We want him to be a Charger. I think that that’s something that (general manager) Tom (Telesco) has said. It’s something I’ve said. We want this guy to be a Charger. We’re also respectful of his position, and we’re gonna see where it goes. There’s gonna be time now between now and our first game, and we’ll see what happens. But I know the Chargers feel very strongly about Austin Ekeler. He’s just been fantastic for us.”

Ekeler is currently entering the final year of his contract and is set to make $6.25 million in base salary. He led the Chargers in rushing in 2022 with 915 yards and 13 touchdowns and also led the team with 107 catches and five receiving touchdowns. If they aren’t able to keep him on the roster, it could be a huge blow to their playoff chances in the years ahead.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.