Tom Telesco on new deal for Justin Herbert: He’s earned it, and we think we can win a Super Bowl with him

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Justin Herbert will get paid. The question is: When and exactly how much?

Nine quarterbacks currently make an annual average of at least $40 million led by Aaron Rodgers at $50.271 million.

The Chargers are negotiating with Herbert, who is eligible for a new deal after three seasons.

“I don’t have an update on it,” General Manager Tom Telesco told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “There’s a lot that will go into it, obviously, with these type of contracts and the amount of numbers that it’s going to be. It’s just a good problem to have to know you have a franchise quarterback that’s now moving into a veteran franchise quarterback. There are a lot of good things that come with that. Now, the flip side is, we’ll build the team a little bit differently. We’ll transition to that in the next couple of years.

“I’m not losing a lot of sleep over it. Yeah, I know the numbers are going to be big. He’s earned it, but we think we can win a Super Bowl with him. That’s a good problem to have. We’ll get it done at some point, and then we’ll go from there.”

A first playoff win would be a start.

The Chargers ended a three-year playoff drought last season but then blew a 27-point lead to lose to the Jaguars in the wild-card round. The team is only 25-25, including the playoff loss, with Herbert as quarterback despite his winning 2020 offensive rookie of the year and earning the nod as the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl his second season.

He has 94 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in his career.

17 responses to “Tom Telesco on new deal for Justin Herbert: He’s earned it, and we think we can win a Super Bowl with him

  1. Herbert has the talent to lead his team to win a Superbowl, but not a chance with their current head coach.

  2. Not as long as Spanos owns the team they won’t, because he hires guys like TT and Staley. TT, he’s like the GM version of Marvin Lewis.

  3. I just don’t understand how teams allowed the QB salary to get so high, $50 mill plus per year when the entire salary cap is $224.8 million per team.

  4. Herbert has the talent to lead his team to win a Superbowl, but not a chance with their current head coach.
    Beat me to it. They aren’t winning squat with Brandon Staley at the helm and from KC, that’s fine with all of us here.

  5. Sure you can. Can someone answer this question for me? The Chargers were said to have the most talent in the league under 25 going into last year, yet they barely made the playoffs, and Herbert is the QB of that team. Sure his coach is an idiot, but you’re not going to blame it all on that. That doesn’t sound like someone who can win you anything because it’s only going to get harder once you pay him. I question who watches football when they put people like this guy up near the top of the league.

  6. 3 years, 25-24 record, zero seasons in the top 10 in passer rating… yeah, they are just giving out SBs to anyone so why not Herbert?

  7. The qb is not the problem. The people surrounding him is. If ever a wr group needed a speed upgrage that is the unit. The coaching is a problem for sure but the team needs are crazy. That kid is worth every penny they give him.

  8. For years it seems the chargers are the media darlings of the afc west – they’re always the team to knock off Kansas City , make a deep playoff run etc . This has been going on even in Phillip Rivers final years there – there is something wrong fundamentally with this team from the ground up and until that changes they’re not going anywhere .

    Please note though there will be a ton of preseason predictions all stating rather strongly that the Chargers will make a run with all that young talent coming together . It never ever happens .

  9. Chargers chose to move to Los Angeles, where they have zero fan-base, where their games attract about 15,000 fans, the rest being supporters of the opposing team. Yet, they found this preferable to working something out in San Diego. The baseball Padres managed go get a new stadium built in downtown San Diego, but the Charges couldn’t get it done. This is the sign of a dysfunctional franchise, passed down from farther to son. While I like Justin Herbert I have little confidence in the Chargers being able to build a championship team around him.

  10. Everyone wants to talk about how Herbert being this great QB, but the truth is he hasn’t won anything and is only a .500 starting QB !! How is that now considered an elite QB or a franchise QB ?? 50 games and 25 wins and 25 losses. There was a time when the media would be questioned when they would push a narrative like this about a player that is mostly all hype instead of mostly talented. At the end of the day, a .500 QB should not be paid 50 million a season. That is absurd

  11. They should allow one exemption per year from the cap, but can’t be the same guy more than onc in a row.

  12. Not gonna happen with the Spanus family at the helm, along with Telesco and Staley. Feel bad for Herbert and so many others that waste away on the Chargers, although some of us waste away at our jobs and don’t make 50 million a year, so not too bad.

  13. well yeah – there are probably around 5 teams that wouldn’t want Herbert at the moment but 27 that would sign him in a heartbeat!

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