Legal tampering is finally allowed in the NFL as free agency begins. However, it sounds like the Los Angeles Chargers could be in trouble early on.
Apparently, Austin Ekeler isn’t happy with the club right now and could be leaving Los Angeles this offseason.
According to Adam Schefter, the star running back has officially requested permission to seek a trade after contract extension talks went south.
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 is a less-than-ideal situation for the Chargers, as Ekeler has been a top contributor for the offense in recent years. Losing him could prove to be detrimental to their playoff hopes next season.
For now, it’s unclear which teams are interested in Austin Ekeler via trade, as this report is fresh.
With that said, if the Chargers chose to follow through and trade him, they should receive a decent haul for the star running back.
Austin Ekeler finished last season with 1,637 total yards and 18 total touchdowns. He’s one of the most versatile players in the league, as he’s a vital weapon in the rushing and passing game.
His versatility makes him a great running back in the NFL. For that reason, it’s hard to imagine the Chargers let him go.
Regardless, the contract talks between him and the front office are clearly going poorly.
Look for more updates down the road, as Ekeler should garner plenty of interest from other teams if the Chargers choose to accept his request.