The Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens set the tone for what these new-era quarterbacks should expect when signing a new deal.
Both Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson smashed the previous record back-to-back. Now, many speculate what the Los Angeles Chargers might do with Justin Herbert’s contract.
Typically, teams will kind of one-up the previous deal to make their player the highest paid. However, it sounds like LA might have a different plan for Herbert.
According to Kevin Patra, the Chargers’ general manager, Tom Telesco, claims the team will not use Hurts’ or Jackson’s deals as a “blueprint” for Justin Herbert’s contract.
Here is Telesco’s full statement on the situation.
“Any time there is a contract signed at that position it’s going to come up in conversation. I wouldn’t say there is any quarterback contract out there that is a blueprint. I wouldn’t say that at all. But like anything else, there’ll be contracts that’ll be talked about, and we’ll cherry-pick some things out of that contract we like. The agent will cherry-pick some things out of that contract that he likes. But in the end, we’ll get to a compromise at some point. Something that works for everybody.”
Exactly what that compromise is isn’t known yet. But the Chargers definitely seem more than comfortable with how contract talks are going with Justin Herbert.
For now, it’s unclear when Los Angeles will give Herbert the contract he desires. Patra reports that Telesco doesn’t “have a timeframe” right now.
“I don’t know when it will get done. I don’t really have a timeframe for it, to be honest with you. But we’ll get there.”
Luckily for the Chargers, it’s still only May. They have pretty much the entire summer to negotiate a contract with Justin Herbert.
Additionally, Los Angeles already opted to use his fifth-year option. So he’s locked in with the team through the 2024 season.
Even so, the sooner this franchise pays Herbert a long-term deal the better.