Justin Herbert contract talks still ‘ongoing’; ready for 7-on-7 this week

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert keeps facing contract extension questions.

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. — Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert will face contract extension questions until he signs his new deal. 

He is next in line.

During the Chargers annual charity golf tournament on Monday, he and head coach Brandon Staley were asked about the negotiations. Staley called them “ongoing.”

Herbert reiterated what he said during the NFL Draft that he has faith in the organization to get this done.

“They’ve done such a great job of taking care of us, and my message really hasn’t changed,” Herbert said. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this team. It’s great to come to events like this, and whatever happens, happens, and it’s out of my control at this point.”

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson have signed their extensions, making them the two highest-paid in the NFL. Herbert, along with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow are waiting their turn.

Herbert has everything that a franchise would want in a quarterback. He has the stats, the love from the team, and the respect of his teammates. 

The deal could be made before minicamp next week, during the June-July break, or before training camp. It is unknown what strategy general manager Tom Telesco is using. Now would the fourth-year quarterback play this season without a new deal?

“That’s a good question. I think that’s something you have to address and you have to think about,” Herbert said. “My job at this point is just to play quarterback and to be the best leader, quarterback and teammate that I can be. So I’m doing everything I can to rehab, get back and make sure my shoulder is ready for this season.”

Herbert is still not a full go when it comes to practice the team has been very cautious with his return. He had surgery on the left shoulder he sustained an injury against the Rams.

“I feel a lot better,” Herbert said. “The shoulder is holding up; been able to lift quite a bit more, conditioning, so picking up more, especially upper body-wise. So it has been tough. It’s an unlike any other offseason for me, but you have to find a way to make it work.”

He said he will participate in 7-on-7 drills this week and should be ready to come training camp.