The Los Angeles Chargers have had a hard time finding a reliable goal-line back. However, there might be a solution to this problem in the form of rookie fullback Gabe Nabers or undrafted free agent running back Darius Bradwell. But, there is another name that could fill the void – Ezekiel Elliott. The Dallas Cowboys running back could be the perfect fit for the Chargers, as he is well-known for his goal-line performance. A trade for Elliott might be an option for the Chargers if they are willing to pay the steep price.
Elliott made the Dallas Cowboys his home after he was drafted fourth overall in 2016, and since then, he has been considered one of the best running backs in the league. Elliott is a great fit for the Chargers as he has always been a reliable goal-line back. In his four years in the league, he has averaged 12 rushing touchdowns a season. In 2018, his touchdown percentage was 35.48, and the following year, he finished with 38.10%. Elliott had a slow start in his 2020 season, but he still finished with six touchdowns in 15 games.
However, Elliott’s exceptional skills come with a hefty price tag, which the Chargers might find hard to meet. Currently, the running back is in the early phase of his six-year, $90 million contract extension, which includes a $50 million guarantee. Trading for Elliott means the Chargers would have to take on his salary while giving away valuable draft picks. The Chargers’ general manager, Tom Telesco, has never traded for a big-name player, and it is unlikely that he will make an exception for Elliott.
In conclusion, Elliott could be the answer to the Chargers’ goal-line back problem, but it is unlikely that a trade will happen. Although the Cowboys have reportedly been open to trading away the running back, his salary and draft picks’ value make the trade process complicated. If a trade does happen, it will probably be later in the season. In the meantime, the Chargers will have to rely on their current options, including Nabers, Bradwell, and running backs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, to get them through the season.