When Philip Rivers left the Los Angeles Chargers, it was the end of one era for this team.
He had been their franchise star for 16 seasons, a fan favorite across the league.
While this might have left a temporary hole in fans’ hearts, the organization quickly pivoted, drafting Justin Herbert.
Herbert has only played for the team for three seasons, but his on-field impact has been extraordinary.
As a result of his dynamic play, the Chargers recently signed him to a five-year contract extension.
Adam Schefter states this contract includes $133.7 million guaranteed, which could raise to $218.7 million in guaranteed cash.
Sources: Justin Herbert’s five-year extension includes $133.7 million fully guaranteed, $193.7 million with the injury guarantee and springing potentially to $218.7 million guaranteed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2023
As many sources have indicated, Herbert’s contract is for $262.5 million.
Now that Herbert has a new contract, the Chargers will look for a return on their investment.
Herbert has put together some impressive individual stats, racking up just over 14,000 career passing yards and 94 touchdowns.
However, he’s also thrown 35 interceptions thus far in his career, and his record is 25-24.
The Chargers haven’t necessarily been able to put everything together, resulting in less-than-ideal numbers in the win/loss column.
With this extension likely in mind, the Chargers have made a few changes throughout the offseason, hoping to make a deeper postseason run in 2023.
They drafted Quentin Johnston in the first round of this year’s draft, a highly regarded receiving prospect.
The most significant change has been at offensive coordinator, as the team brought Kellen Moore to run the offense.
Moore spent the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and will now use his league knowledge to take the Chargers to the next level.NEXT: Stats Show Justin Herbert's Remarkable 3-Year Run