3 Former Chargers Who Will Fail Miserably With Their New Teams After Free Agency

The Los Angeles Chargers had several key contributors leave in free agency. Some of them might fare worse than others on their new teams.
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The Los Angeles Chargers were one of the busiest teams this offseason, reshaping their aging, expensive roster. Most of this activity, however, unfortunately, came as departures, as the Chargers lost several key contributors.

Some of these losses will hurt more than others. Chargers fans will certainly miss the likes of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, but there are a few departed Bolts who will likely struggle in their new destinations. Here are three former Chargers who are the least likely to make the organization regret their decision to move on from them.

Austin Ekeler, Washington Commanders

The versatile running back represents the Chargers more than any other player in the last decade. An undrafted free agent blossomed into an excellent rusher with the Chargers, registering a whopping 38 touchdowns in two years between 2021 and 2022. This made him a fan favorite in Los Angeles and many were sad to see him go.

Ekeler signed a two-year, $11.4 million deal with the Commanders. Considering the limited cap space situation the Chargers were in, keeping him around after his disappointing 2023 campaign wasn't a realistic option.

Ekeler is still a solid offensive player with a nose for the end zone. This is more about the situation he is going to rather than the player he is.

The Commanders will have a rookie quarterback at the helm and they brought in polarizing coach Kliff Kingsbury as their offensive coordinator. Plus, they already have Brian Robinson Jr. as their RB1, a young rusher with elite upside, who projects to be more effective than Ekeler going forward. Ekeler, whose yards per carry already saw career lows last year, might suffer even further from the offensive ecosystem in Washington.