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Chargers GM not anxious about Justin Herbert’s doubtlessly record-setting contract: ‘Good drawback to have’

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After three extremely profitable seasons, Justin Herbert has begun contract talks with the Chargers. Head coach Brandon Staley confirmed that Herbert and the workforce have began the method of discussing a brand new deal. 

Staley stated he’s assured the 25-year-old Herbert would be the Chargers quarterback “for a really very long time.” 

“[We’ve got to] simply be affected person,” Staley stated from the NFL house owners conferences when requested a few doable timetable to get a deal carried out, by way of ESPN. “However the main takeaway is that Justin Herbert goes to be our quarterback, and we’re so excited that he’s main our franchise.”

Chargers common supervisor Tom Telesco feels the identical manner, despite the fact that he is very conscious this new deal will probably be costly. He calls the difficulty of the upcoming extension, a “good drawback to have.” 

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“There’s so much that may go into it, clearly, with these kind of contracts and the numbers that it is gonna be, nevertheless it’s only a good drawback to have,” Telesco stated on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “You may have a franchise quarterback that is now transferring right into a franchise veteran quarterback. There’s numerous good issues that include that. 

“Now, the flip aspect is we’ll construct the workforce a little bit bit in another way. We’ll transition by that the following couple years. However I am not dropping numerous sleep over it. Yeah, I do know the numbers are gonna be large. He is earned it. However we expect we will win a Tremendous Bowl with him. So, that is a very good drawback to have. We’ll get it carried out sooner or later, after which we’ll go from there.”

Herbert is anticipated to obtain a contract that may pay him greater than $50 million yearly. Aaron Rodgers is at the moment the one quarterback who’s incomes greater than $50 million per season. Herbert’s contract will certainly be monitored by Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, a fellow 2020 first-round choose who can also be anticipated to obtain an extension this offseason. 

Herbert performed by a painful damage early within the 2022 season that resulted in him having surgical procedure to restore a torn labrum at the beginning of the offseason (he’s anticipated to be cleared for offseason actions). He suffered a rib cartilage fracture within the Chargers’ Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. Herbert performed by the damage whereas beginning in every of the Chargers’ 17 regular-season video games. His play all through the season helped the workforce seize its first playoff berth since 2018. 

Herbert threw for 273 yards and a landing with no interceptions in his first profession playoff recreation, however the Chargers misplaced a one-point recreation to the Jaguars after main 27-0 within the AFC wild-card spherical. The Chargers’ collapse in Jacksonville led to them firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterback coach Shane Day. 

Herbert, who will play underneath his third completely different offensive coordinator when the 2023 season begins, accomplished a career-high 68.2% of his passes final season. He additionally threw for 4,739 yards regardless of his top-two receivers — Keenan Allen and Mike Williams — coping with accidents throughout the season. Herbert grew to become the primary participant in NFL historical past to begin his profession with three straight 4,000-yard passing seasons. 

He’s now projected to be one in all, if not the NFL’s highest-paid participant assuming the Chargers make him the NFL’s second $50 million quarterback. 

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