PHOENIX AZ– Los Angeles Chargers instructor Brandon Staley shared regard as well as perseverance for running back Austin Ekeler, in spite of Ekeler’s demand to check out profession alternatives as he goes into the last period of his agreement.
” The regard for Austin, I believe from our side of points goes to the highest possible they might be for a gamer,” Staley claimed Monday at the NFL Yearly Fulfilling. “The setting that he remains in, we’re definitely considerate of as well as I believe there’s been interaction with his group therefore we’re recognizing of that setting.”
Staley additionally claimed that agreement conversations have actually started with quarterback Justin Herbert, that came to be qualified to authorize an expansion after the period.
” Those talks are continuous,” Staley claimed. “We go to the start of all that, however most of us understand just how we really feel regarding him as well as I believe browsing this procedure, we have an excellent connection with his group.”
Ekeler had an NFL-best 18 goals in 2022, as well as is arranged to gain $6.25 million in the 4th as well as last period of a $24.5 million expansion.
Previously this month, Ekeler informed Chris Long on the “Greenlight” podcast that he was “so underpaid right now” as well as shared a wish to authorize a long-lasting expansion, whether with the Chargers or somewhere else.
” I’m obtaining fifty percent of my worth of what I might be obtaining,” Ekeler claimed. “So it resembles, I’m non-stop going after a person that desires me for the long-term.”
Ekeler, that transforms 28 in Might, highlighted that he had no ill-will towards the Chargers as well as want to continue to be with the company, which authorized him as an undrafted freelance out of Western State Colorado in 2018, however that he wished it would certainly be under the appropriate scenarios.
Staley claimed Monday that the company would certainly such as Ekeler to proceed with the group.
” We see him as a person that is mosting likely to assist us win a globe champion,” Staley claimed. “Yet we’re additionally considerate of the setting he remains in within his profession as well as what he’s trying to find also, so we’re mosting likely to hold your horses however we like Austin Ekeler.”
When asked if the opportunity stayed that Ekeler’s circumstance might be “resolved” which he would certainly continue to be on the group in 2023, Staley reacted: “That’s reasonable to state.”
Over the last 2 periods, Ekeler has actually racked up 38 goals– 12 greater than the following closest gamer.
In the 6 periods considering that the Chargers authorized Ekeler, he has actually generated 63 goals, signing up with Hall of Famer Lenny Moore as the only gamers in NFL background to videotape 25 hurrying as well as 25 obtaining goals in their initial 6 periods in the NFL.