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Jim Harbaugh would like to keep Austin Ekeler with Chargers

2/10/2024 7:21:54 PM
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Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh is heaping praise on impending free agent running back Austin Ekeler according to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press.

“If things go well, it’s going to be because of guys like Austin Ekeler and the players,” Harbaugh said. “I like Austin Ekeler. We’re going to have a huge emphasis on the run game, and we gotta block better up front. He’s a tremendous back and we’d love to have him on the team next year. But yeah, things go well, it’s kind of because of all the players. If it goes bad, it’s because I’m a bad manager, I’m a bad coach." Harbaugh said.

 Coach speak in February should be taken with a grain of salt but it’s at least interesting that the new staff is interested in retaining the veteran.

There is no shortage of running backs in the coming free agent cycle, which could cause quite the shakeup around the league. Ekeler enters his age 29 season coming off one of the worst statistical years of his career after averaging just 3.5 yards per carry with five touchdowns.

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