Justin Herbert lands five-year extension with Chargers

The Chargers are a team on the rise in the NFL. On Tuesday, the Chargers and Justin Herbert agreed to a five-year, $262.5 million contract extension.

Justin Herbert
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The deal comes a day before training camp begins for the Chargers. It will keep Herbert, 25, under contract through the 2029 season. The deal includes a no-trade clause and fully guarantees $133.7 million with $193.7 million in injury guarantees.

Justin Herbert is the third quarterback to receive a blockbuster extension this offseason. With both Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson signing their respective deals. The new deal for Herbert also sets the playing field for Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. The two sides remain in talks themselves. Now, Burrow can use the deal as leverage.

The new deal makes Herbert highest-paid quarterback in NFL history based on average annual value ($52.5 million).

“I sleep better at night knowing we have a franchise quarterback,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said at the end of last season. “He’s done so much already in his young career, yet we all know there’s still a lot there because of his commitment to the game.”

Herbert has set his mark on the NFL early. Surpassing many statistical NFL milestones. Last season, he led the Chargers to their first playoff appearance since 2018.

In three seasons, Herbert is 25-24, with one playoff loss. He has passed for 14,089 yards, besting Andrew Luck for the most through a quarterback’s first three NFL seasons. Herbert has 94 career touchdowns, recording three seasons with at least 25 passing touchdowns. With his name next to Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to complete the feat within the first three years of his career.

Justin Herbert wasn’t necessarily due for an extension, but it’s something that is better to get done early. This next season, Herbert will be under the direction of a new Offensive Coordinator in Kellen Moore. With a plethora of playmakers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, first-round pick Quentin Johnston, as well as running back Austin Ekeler.

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