The Los Angeles Chargers were just one win (or tie) in Week 18 from making the playoffs in the 2021 season but fell short in a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Despite a disappointing end of the season for the team, there were some major bright spots for the team that they can look back at positively. Quarterback Justin Herbert was excellent, throwing for 5,014 yards and 38 touchdowns on the season. A big part of this was the emergence of wide receiver Mike Williams as a true top option, racking up 76 catches for 1,146 yards and 9 touchdowns on the year.

The Chargers seem to have realized Williams’ importance to their success too. Tuesday, Ian Rapoport reported that the team was working to extend Williams this offseason on a 3-year deal rather than franchise tagging him.

Williams will receive $60 million throughout those three years with $40 million guaranteed.

This news has many Chargers fans eager to see him back next season after another offseason of development alongside Herbert.

Meanwhile, teams that are in need of receivers in free agency are certainly upset that Williams will be staying in Los Angeles.

The AFC West had two playoff teams last season in the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders, so the Chargers needed to keep up with the competition within the division, especially now that Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos.

This re-signing is certainly a step in that direction as the Chargers look to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 season.

[Ian Rapoport]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.