Chargers' Austin Ekeler requests permission to seek potential trade

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has requested permission from the team to contact other teams about a potential trade.

What It Means:

Ekeler's agent, Cameron Weiss, reportedly told ESPN that the star running back had requested a contract extension with the Chargers, but that preliminary talks with the team "did not progress". Other teams may take an interest in Ekeler's skills in both the passing and rushing game, though he may struggle to find many willing suitors given the current group of running backs available in free agency.

Ekeler has led the league in touchdowns from scrimmage in each of the past two seasons and has proven himself as a dependable, every-down back over the course of the three seasons since the departure of Melvin Gordon. The Chargers have tried and failed to find a reliable second running back since Gordon's departure as well, and Ekeler has remained the only back on the team capable of success in that time.