San Diego Chargers Should Extend Ryan Mathews’s Deal This Offseason

By Ernie Padaon

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a short gain during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was a big reason for the team’s success last season. He racked up 1255 yards on the ground and 7 touchdowns for the season. His running style wore down opposing defenses. He ran hard and picked up big chunks of yards on offense.

He will be entering his 5th and final year of his contract and the team really should consider extending his contract. He is coming off of his best season as a pro and expectations are high for him next season. If he is able to put together another nice season, then the team will risk losing him in free agency. He could command even more money next season if he were able to put together another good season as well.

If Ryan would accept a reasonable deal, then the team should make it happen. He is a solid running back that can carry the load on offense. If Ryan wants to break the bank, then we will have to let him walk in free agency in a year and we will have to find a cheaper alternative in the draft.

Should the Chargers look to renew Ryan’s deal?