Austin Ekeler will play for Chargers this year after getting incentives added to his contract

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The Chargers and running back Austin Ekeler have agreed to a deal that will see Ekeler play out the final year of his contract in Los Angeles.

Ekeler and the Chargers agreed to revise his contract to add close to $2 million in incentives this season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

There’s no word on what Ekeler has to do to earn those incentives, but he is apparently satisfied that it’s something doable, and the team now has a happy camper.

Ekeler hadn’t been participating in voluntary offseason work and had indicated he’d like the team to trade him somewhere that he’d get paid more. Ekeler is due a $6.25 million base salary this season, and now he can earn incentives on top of that.

Realistically, given the way the running back position has been devalued in the NFL, it seems unlikely that Ekeler was going to get a better deal anywhere else. And so he’ll play out the 2023 season for the Chargers and hope to play well enough to cash in as a free agent in March.

8 responses to “Austin Ekeler will play for Chargers this year after getting incentives added to his contract

  1. This could begin the new wave on how RBs get paid. Being their “shelf life” is short and most very injury prone, offering performance related bonuses makes it to where the team is saying we know you’re really good, but we also know you guys take the biggest beating and we need to make sure financially the team is ok in the event you go down.

  2. Coronado time share???? Cigar of the month club??? Priority seating at the Hollywood Bowl??

  3. Ekeler earned this bump. He has been a scoring machine. The Chargers knew letting him go would be a PR nightmare.

  4. This is the problem with “positional” remuneration in the NFL, especially as it relates to RBs. Who’s worth more to their team: Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($10M) or Ekeler ($6.25M)? Ekeler is an offensive weapon/game changer and should be compensated like the top WRs in the NFL.

  5. Win/win for both sides. He deserves more money and he’s a huge part of that offense.

  6. As of Ekeler, stats speaks for themselves.
    2021 scrimmage yds and td’s : 1558, 20
    2022 “” “” : 1637, 18

  7. Well, at least that seems like a nice compromise as long as Spanos the Renter doesn’t bench him so he doesn’t reach his incentives.

  8. He’s been their second most important and visible offensive player. The RB pay scale should not be applied to every individual. Not really equitable.

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