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Chargers, Gus Edwards Agree to 2-Year, $7.5 Million Contract


Gus Edwards
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The first signing for the Los Angeles Chargers is former Baltimore Ravens running back, Gus Edwards. Edwards' deal is for 2 years and worth roughly $7.5 million. The Chargers may not have the cap room to create a big splash just yet in free agency, however, they have started the first day of free agency by adding a great deal considering the value. The Chargers are roughly $20 million above the cap requirement so expect some moves to be made in the coming days and weeks that will create some cap space. For now, you will see small but efficient moves like the Edwards deal. Jim Harbaugh brought in Greg Roman as his offensive coordinator in Los Angeles. Roman is well known for his run game, and his quote "Can you imagine Justin Herbert with a great running game?" went viral in the sports world. Building the trenches has been a key focal point for the new Chargers staff since they stepped in and hit the ground running already.



 


 

Edwards logged 13 touchdowns last season with the Ravens, tied for 3rd most touchdowns in the league. The 28-year-old back is coming off his most productive season as a pro, adding 810 yards on the ground. Considering the production from Edwards, inking a deal with him for under $4 million per year is a steal. With the departure of Austin Ekeler, the signing of Edwards will not be the last move for the Chargers' backfield. The Bolts may also grab a running back in April's NFL Draft. Edwards is used to splitting time as he was part of a running back by committee system in Baltimore. Edwards also has a strong familiarity with Greg Roman from his days calling plays in Baltimore.




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