06 June, 2023
The quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers, Justin Herbert, is aware that he will become wealthy soon, but he is unable to predict when he will sign a lucrative contract with the team.
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At the team’s charity golf outing on Monday in Rolling Hills Estates, California, Herbert spoke about his predicament and expressed confidence that the group will resolve things.
“They’ve done such a great job of taking care of us and my message really hasn’t changed,” Herbert told reporters. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this team. It’s great to come to events like this and whatever happens, happens and it’s out of my control at this point.”
With Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles signing a five-year, $255 million contract, and Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens topping that with a five-year, $260 million deal, Herbert has seen the salary landscape change this offseason.
Herbert had surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Herbert is projected to make $4.23 million in 2023. His $29.5 million fifth-year option for the 2024 campaign has been exercised by the team.
Considering the injury scenario, onlookers question if Herbert would be content to play his fourth NFL season without signing a contract extension.
“That’s a valid query. I believe that’s something you should discuss and consider, Herbert added. “At this moment, all I have to do is play quarterback and strive to be the best teammate, leader, and quarterback I possibly can be. Therefore, I’m making every effort to recover, return, and ensure that my shoulder is prepared for this season.
Herbert, 25, has started throwing again and is anticipated to be ready to go well before the 2023 season gets underway.
Herbert declared, “I feel much better. “The shoulder is holding up; with conditioning, I’ve been able to lift quite a bit more, so I’m picking up more, especially with my upper body. Thus, it has been difficult. For me, this offseason is unlike any other, but you have to figure it out.
Over the course of his first three NFL seasons, Herbert has completed passes for 14,089 yards, 94 touchdowns, and 35 interceptions in 49 games (all starts).
Austin Ekeler, a running back for the Chargers, is anticipated to participate in next week’s required minicamp, according to Chargers coach Brandon Staley on Monday.
Earlier this winter, Ekeler requested permission to pursue a trade, but the team recently added $1.75 million in incentives for this season, when he is expected to make $6.25 million in base salary. When his four-year, $24.5 million contract expires after this season, Ekeler is expected to become a free agency.
Everyone benefits from it, according to Staley. “It’s best for him and best for us,” said the player, “because you want to get joined up so that you can go have a productive training camp and really formulate your team and your identity going into the season.”
Ekeler fits perfectly into Kellen Moore’s offense, according to the new offensive coordinator. Last season, Ekeler led the NFL with 18 total touchdowns (13 on the ground and five through the air) and he and Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts shared the league record with 20 in 2021.
Ekeler set career highs for receptions (107) and receiving yards (722) while rushing for 915 yards last year.