Los Angeles Chargers star Austin Ekeler may stay with the workforce subsequent season after getting permission to hunt a commerce final month, however remaining there wouldn’t be a dream situation for the veteran operating again.
Throughout an interview with SiriusXM Fantasy Sports activities Radio, Ekeler opened up concerning the failed contract negotiations with the Chargers, which finally led to his resolution to hunt a commerce, including that he was on the lookout for dedication towards a “long-term plan.”
“I sort of acquired punched within the face when the Chargers mainly stated, ‘Hey, we don’t wish to discuss extensions anymore,’” Ekeler stated.
“That is the group that I’ve continued to rise and hit new heights in and proceed so as to add extra worth … so, that’s the way it felt, proper? It felt like, ‘Wow, that is the primary time in my profession with them that I felt disrespected by my very own group.’”
Ekeler led the league final season with 18 scrimmage touchdowns and has scored an NFL-high 38 touchdowns over the past two seasons. However as either side sat down to speak about his future with the workforce, Ekeler prompt the conversations have been one-sided.
“It sucks. I wish to be a Charger. I wish to be a Charger. I wish to be there, and it sucks as a result of it is like, ‘OK, let’s get one thing finished,'” he stated.
“Sure, I do have yet another yr on my contract, completely, however for them to wish to permit me to go and be a free agent subsequent yr after enjoying, possibly we’ll get one thing finished all year long. Who is aware of how it is going to play out? However that is how I am feeling proper now. We do not have perception into how they’re considering as a result of they’re similar to, ‘Nah, we do not wish to speak anymore.'”
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017, Ekeler is getting into the ultimate yr of his four-year, $24.5 million contract. He’s ready to check the waters to get the deal he needs, however that might imply Ekeler stays in Los Angeles – one thing he stated could be “worst-case situation.”
“Look, I suppose the worst-case situation proper now out of all of it – I am going to come again, and I am going to should play for the Chargers for a yr and wager on myself after which be a free agent subsequent yr.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.