CHOOSE THE RIGHT CChargers' Austin Ekeler details failed trade talks in tough RB market: 'I came with a lot of baggage' AMPER, CHOOSE THE RIGHT CAMPER, 

As the deadline for franchise-tagged players to reach agreements on new contracts came and went on Monday,

three high-profile running backs -- Saquon Barkley, Tony Pollard and Josh Jacobs -- were left without new deals.

Frustrated with the tag deadline's lackluster results, players around the league decided to share their thoughts, including Chargers running back Austin Ekeler.

The 28-year-old dealt with his own offseason negotiations after requesting permission in March to explore trade options.

Ekeler's contract impasse with Los Angeles ended in May when he agreed to a revised contract with added incentives.

When asked Monday if he was ever close to leaving the Bolts,

Ekeler opened up about how difficult it actually is for a top running back to seek a trade.


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