The Facts: The Chargers and Ekeler, a restricted free-agent, reached agreement on a four-year, $24.5 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Diehards Line: The news isn't a huge surprise. As ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams recently suggested, the Chargers already have committed to Ekeler, just not in the traditional sense in how we've grown to identify a feature back. Ekeler is considered a playmaker, and will be used just as much in the passing game as the running game. Among running backs last season, Ekeler finished tops in the NFL in receiving TDs (eight) and second in receptions (92). HC Anthony Lynn wants Ekeler to get 15 to 20 touches a game, and he should continue to be used in a similar capacity in 2020.