The Los Angeles Chargers look to be getting their star running back after a five-week absence. The dynamic Austin Ekeler looks to be good to go for tonight’s Monday Night Football clash with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Chargers, led by Justin Herbert and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, have the potential to be one of the most dominant units in the NFL. However, over the last five weeks, Ekeler has been nursing an ankle injury that has kept him off the field.
With the team fresh off a bye week and a huge test against a recently embarrassed Cowboys team, this is the perfect time for the elusive back to make his return to the lineup.
While Ekeler is a huge part of the Chargers offensive attack, he wasn’t the most coveted prospect to enter the NFL and did so by way of the undrafted free agent pool. Ekeler has fought his way into the league and has worked even harder to get to the position he is in now.
Let’s take a closer look at his current contract and the wealth he has accumulated during that time.
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What Is Austin Ekeler’s Salary and Net Worth?
According to Marca, as of 2022, Ekeler’s net worth is estimated at $24.5 million. While the majority of his earnings come from his on-the-field play, Ekeler has been diverse in his off-the-field sponsorships. Reportedly, Ekeler is working with companies such as ACT OF BEING, Adidas, Pizza Hut, Shock Doctor, and Sleep Number.
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Ekeler signed a four-year, $24.5 million contract extension in 2020, including $13.75 million guaranteed and a $6 million signing bonus. Not only is it earned from his stellar play, but it is also a huge pay increase compared to his first three seasons in the NFL. During that time, he played for the league minimum salary given to undrafted free agents upon signing with a team.
The Heart and Soul of the Chargers Offense
Ekeler’s absence was surely felt by the Chargers over the last month. During the four games that Ekeler missed, the Chargers passing game was limited. Not only does he run tough between the tackles, but Ekeler is most prolific in the passing game and is another outlet option for Herbert out of the backfield.
The Chargers are currently 2-2 with a chance to get over .500, and if they are going to do so on Monday night against the Cowboys, they will need the best of Ekeler in his first game back.