NFL analyst says Austin Ekeler would be a perfect fit for a team
Although Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler still has one year left on his current contract, he asked to be traded after talks of an extension came to nothing.
He’s been one of the most productive running backs in the NFL over the past two years, even though he wasn’t named to the Pro Bowl, and losing him would be a huge blow for a Chargers team that is looking to enter the Super Bowl. restraint.
Analyst Marc Ross believes that if Ekeler does indeed leave LA, he would be a perfect fit for the Cincinnati Bengals.
.@AustinEkeler to the Bengals?! @MarcRoss & @DCarr8 Would love this adjustment if a swap goes down 👀 pic.twitter.com/CGKbXDbhak
– NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) March 13, 2023
“You put this guy with this offense and Joe Burrow, it’s just going to take this offense to a whole new level.”
Ekeler was undrafted in 2017 after playing four seasons at Western Colorado University, where he had 5,857 rushing yards and 63 total touchdowns.
His professional career got off to a slow start, as he spent his first three seasons as Chargers RB1 substitute Melvin Gordon, but once Gordon left after the 2019 campaign, Ekeler began to emerge.
In 2021, he had 911 rushing yards and 647 receiving yards while leading the NFL with 20 total touchdowns.
He also led the league with 18 rushing and receiving yards last season while recording 915 rushing yards and 722 receiving yards.
As it stands, LA is 30th in rushing yards and yards per rushing attempt in 2022, and it doesn’t have a reliable running back on every run who could take over full-time for Ekeler. if he left.
The team finished 10-7 despite a huge injury streak, only to blow a 27-0 lead and lose in the final seconds to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoff round.
Ekeler was one of the few starters from either side of football to play and start in all 17 competitions.
A Chargers RB would like to speak with other teams