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.
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?