Rounding out the list of Chargers who are undoubtedly entering their last season in Los Angeles is someone who many thought would not even play for the team this season, Austin Ekeler. Ekeler and the team could not come to an agreement on an extension and that prompted the running back to request permission to seek out a trade.
Ekeler and his agent quickly realized that the running back market was no longer what he thought it would be and that he would not get what he wanted elsewhere. Thus, Ekeler was essentially stuck in Los Angeles and the Chargers did him a favor by adding incentives to his deal.
While Ekeler was appreciative of those incentives when speaking about them during mini camp, he still did not leave a great impression on fans. Ekeler called his last season with the Chargers an obligation, almost guaranteeing that he is going to find somewhere else to play next season.
If the Chargers didn't want to offer Ekeler an extension now then the team is not going to offer him a new contract next spring. Even if Ekeler's value plummets because of his age, the Chargers are more likely to simply wipe their hands with the situation and allow him to sign elsewhere.
Despite all of the drama this spring, Ekeler has had a great career already with the Chargers. If he can score 10 rushing touchdowns he will finish second in franchise history in rushing touchdowns, behind only LaDainian Tomlinson.