Chargers sign QB Justin Herbert to a five-year extension

Justin Herbert and the Chargers agreed to a five-year deal worth $262.5 million, making him the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history based on average annual value.

COSTA MESA, Calif. — It was no secret that the biggest question surrounding the Chargers this offseason was when would quarterback Justin Herbert sign an extension.

Herbert and the Chargers agreed to a five-year deal worth $262.5 million. That puts him up at the $50 million dollar club. He is now the highest earner at $52.5 million per year.

Herbert has been sensational since he was called upon in 2020, week two against the Kansas City Chiefs. He nearly had the Super Bowl defending champs on the ropes and took them to overtime.

Since taking over as the starter, he has thrown for 14,089 passing yards, 94 touchdowns, and a 64-total QBR (4th best in the NFL). He also got his team to the playoffs in 2023.

He is why many experts and fans around the league believe that the Chargers could be a special year in and year out. Herbert has been everything the team hoped for and more since he was drafted sixth overall in 2020.

Now that the deal is signed, the team can focus on training camp and preparing for the 2023 season. They have a new offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore, which brings excitement due to the fact that he might be able to unlock Herbert’s true potential.

The weapons at his disposal are another big reason this offense could take off with receivers Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Quentin Johnston, not to mention running back Austin Ekeler and tight end Gerald Everett. This is an athletic team.

Now that Herbert is signed, all eyes turn to the first overall pick of the 2020 draft Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.