Frustrated by the pace of extension talks, running back Austin Ekeler’s agent is seeking permission from the Chargers to talk to other teams.
Cameron Weiss confirmed the request minutes after the free agency negotiating period began at 9 a.m. Monday.
Ekeler has a base salary of $6.25 million in 2023, the final season of a four-year, $24.5 million extension he signed in March 2020.
The deal ranks 15th in average annual value among NFL running backs.
Over the past two seasons, no one in the NFL has scored more touchdowns from scrimmage than Ekeler’s 38. That’s 12 more than second-place James Conner of the Arizona Cardinals.