Wed. Jul 17th, 2024

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers exercised their fifth-year choice on Justin Herbert on Friday as they work towards signing their franchise quarterback to a long-term deal.

In the meantime, normal supervisor Tom Telesco stated the Chargers wouldn’t be selecting up the choice for linebacker Kenneth Murray.

The deadline for groups to select up the fifth-year choice on first-round picks from the 2020 draft class is Tuesday.

Herbert, the sixth total choice in that draft, is the primary quarterback in NFL historical past to throw for no less than 4,000 yards in every of his first three seasons. Since coming into the league, he’s second in completions (1,316), third in passing yards (14,089) and sixth in passing touchdowns (94).

By advantage of being chosen to the Professional Bowl in 2021, Herbert’s fifth-year choice is price $29.5 million, the identical as Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, who was the highest choose in 2020. Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa, who went one choose earlier than Herbert, additionally had his choice picked up at $23.17 million.

Herbert, who led the Chargers to their first playoff look since 2018 final season, was second within the league in completions (477) and passing yards (4,739) regardless of struggling a rib damage in Week 2 after which a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder in Week 17. He had surgical procedure on the shoulder in late January and is predicted to be prepared for the beginning of coaching camp.

Murray’s choice would have been price $11.73 million. Telesco stated not selecting up the choice was extra of a salary-cap resolution. With Herbert anticipated to signal a big extension sooner or later, the Bolts even have massive contracts with receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in addition to linebackers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack. Excluding Herbert, the opposite 4 gamers have a wage cap variety of no less than $32 million every in 2024.

Los Angeles traded with New England to maneuver up into the primary spherical to take Murray with the twenty third total choice in 2020.


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