Report: Chargers sign RB Gus Edwards to a two-year deal

The Sporting Tribune's Fernando Ramirez on Jim harbaugh making his first free agent signing in running back Gus Edwards.

LOS ANGELES — The Chargers have made their first free agent signing as running back Gus Edwards has agreed to a two-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It’s not a big surprise to see Jim Harbaugh dip into the Baltimore Ravens fountain again.

Edwards was with now Chargers offensive coordinator Greg Roman from 2019-2022 in a system that fits the former Ravens’ style.

He had 711 rushing yards in 2019, 723 in 2020, and suffered a torn ACL in 2021. He averaged 5.0 yards a carry in the Roman offense.

In 2022, he returned from the injury for nine games, rushing for 433 yards and adding three touchdowns.

Last season, Edwards was a machine for the Ravens’ run game, especially when it meant getting in the end zone. He scored 13 touchdowns and added 810 yards on the ground.

Roman told the media a few weeks ago, “Can you imagine Justin Herbert with a great running game? We don’t know, but I can imagine what it might look like. So that’s kind of the vision.”

Their vision is to be a balanced offense. 

During their San Francisco days, Frank Gore was the main back, but Roman/Harbaugh liked mixing in different backs.

As for free agent running back Austin Ekeler, the Washington Commanders and Las Vegas Raiders have made “preliminary inquiries” with him, according to Josina Anderson.

Ekeler scored 38 touchdowns in 2021 and 2022 but had a down year in 2023 due to an ankle sprain. It will be interesting to see where he lands after being with the Chargers since 2017 he joined as an undrafted free agent.

For the Chargers, the Edwards signing will be official on Wednesday, March 13th, at 1 p.m. PT. General manager Joe Hortiz and Jim Harbaugh still have work to do, especially when deciding the futures of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Joey Bosa, and Khalil Mack.