Report: Chargers RB Austin Ekeler requests permission to seek trade

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has requested permission to speak with other teams about a potential trade, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, per Ekeler’s agent, Cameron Weiss.

Schefter adds that this comes after Los Angeles and Ekeler could not progress regarding a contract extension.

Ekeler, who signed a four-year, $24.5 million deal in 2020, will enter the final year of that contract. He has a $7.75 million cap hit.

Ekeler has 38 total touchdowns in the past two seasons, the most among NFL skill players. In addition, he has finished the past two seasons with at least 900 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Ekeler will be 28 during the 2023 season. He has been healthy, only missing one game in the past two seasons.

Behind Ekeler at the running back position are Joshua Kelley, Larry Rountree and Isaiah Spiller.

Should a trade occur, the Chargers will be in the market for a No. 1 back, which could be filled via free agency or in the draft with someone like Texas’ Bijan Robinson headlining the group.

We will continue to monitor this situation regarding Ekeler and keep you updated.

Story originally appeared on Chargers Wire