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Chargers rankings: Who deserves an extension the most?

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. The Chargers defeated the Colts 30-24 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. The Chargers defeated the Colts 30-24 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball before he is stopped by linebacker Nicholas Morrow #50 of the Oakland Raiders in the first half of the game at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball before he is stopped by linebacker Nicholas Morrow #50 of the Oakland Raiders in the first half of the game at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Chargers No. 2 most deserving: Austin Ekeler

Austin Ekeler is by far and away the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. As of the time this article is being written, Ekeler is just 50 yards away from having 1,000 receiving yards on the season.

Leader? Check. No signs of decline? Check. High-character, low-risk, hard-working running back? Triple check.

Chargers No. 1 most deserving: Philip Rivers

Well, yeah. It’s Philip Rivers. No one is more deserving of a contract extension than quite possibly the team’s greatest player in franchise history.

No, that doesn’t mean they should or will give him the extension, as he could very well retire this offseason. But to say anyone else is more deserving than the only guy on this list with Hall of Fame aspirations is outrageous.

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That’s the whole list, ranked from least deserving to most deserving. At a certain point, it feels like two-thirds of the list is truly deserving of an extension, and that six or seven of these players will remain Chargers next season. Of those listed, which do you think deserve to return next season the most? How many do you believe will return to the team next year?

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