It’s been a lost season in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Chargers, who are firmly mired in mediocrity and on the prowl for the franchise’s fourth head coach since 2016. Sitting at 5-9 and the Chargers playoff chances dwindling, it’s worth wondering whether interim GM JoJo Wooden (or whoever gets the job full-time) will part ways with some of the team’s soon-to-be free agents.
One such player is fourth-year running back Austin Ekeler, who has run for 506 yards and five scores in 11 games this year, while posting a Weighted Average Value (per Pro-Football-Reference.com) of 52 in 100 NFL games. Ekeler is in the final year of the four-year, $24.5M contract he signed prior to the start of the 2020 NFL season, which means L.A. could move on from him without having to eat a lot of money. One way or another, Ekeler’s future is in the hands of the Chargers’ front office, especially now that the NFL’s trade deadline has come and gone.
With that in mind, BetCalifornia.com used our California sports betting mindset and broke down the odds on which team could land the 28-year-old Western Colorado alum next.
Austin Ekeler Next Team Odds
Where Austin Ekeler Lands Next
Right now, there’s no reason to suspect that the Chargers won’t try to land Ekeler long-term, which is why we have L.A. as the clubhouse leader to keep their dynamic back in the offseason. Should the Chargers (who are listed at +350) not keep Ekeler in 2024 and beyond, don’t sleep on the Baltimore Ravens, who run a run-first offense centered around the “Run Pass Option” game, which could suit Ekeler’s playing style quite well.
That natural fit is why we have Baltimore as the co-favorite (alongside the Philadelphia Eagles) to swoop in and land Ekeler this offseason, with both teams listed at +700. Outside of those two Mid-Atlantic teams, keep an eye on the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears (+900 each), as well as the Chicago Bears, New York Jets, and Houston Texans (+1200 each) to nab Ekeler on the free agent market this offseason.
While the NFL’s increasingly pass-friendly offensive schemes have lessened the value of running backs on the open market, it seems like Ekeler is bound to make a splash this offseason, regardless of where he lands once he hits the open market.
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