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Chargers add $1.75 million in incentives to Austin Ekeler contract after trade request [UPDATE]

Ekeler had demanded a trade, but appears set to finish out his contract this fall.

Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the game in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at TIAA Bank Field on January 14, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

UPDATE: Tom Pelissero has a rundown of the incentives in Austin Ekeler’s revised contract, which total $1.75 million. He can earn up to $1 million for total yards tiered from 1,125 to 1,639. A year ago, he finished the season with 1,637 total yards. He also has up to $600,000 in incentives for touchdowns between 10 and 16 total. Last season, he finished with 18 total touchdowns. He can also earn $150,000 for a Pro Bowl selection.

The Los Angeles Chargers and running back Austin Ekeler have agreed to a contract revision that ends his trade request for the time-being. The Chargers have added $2 million in incentives to his contract, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ekeler had requested a trade for an opportunity to receive a larger contract. He was skipping voluntary activities, and things were looking to come to a head as mandatory minicamp approached. Instead, it appears he will head to June minicamp and then training camp later this summer comfortable with his contract status.

This fall marks the final year of a four-year contract Ekeler signed in March of 2020. He was due $6.25 million in base salary with no incentives. It’s unclear what the incentives are, but his apparent willingness to agree to this revision suggests they are reachable. He’s the team’s starting running back, so he’ll get plenty of work to reach whatever those incentives might be.