Among the whirlwind of teams preparing for free agency, it was reported that running back Austin Ekeler had received permission to speak to teams around the league about a trade. He and his representation had engaged the Los Angeles Chargers in contract extension talks and things did not go well. As a result, he was looking for a team that may pay him what he is seeking.
Austin Ekeler is the best pass-catching back in the NFL. He is coming off a season in which he caught 107 passes and nearly hit the 1,000-yard plateau in 2019 when he caught 92 passes for 933 yards.
While his pass-catching ability is elite, he is more than just a third-down back. Austin Ekeler can hold his own on early downs as a lead back, making him one of the best dual-threat players at his position in the league.