Source: RB Gus Edwards to get 2-year deal with Chargers

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Baltimore Ravens free agent running back Gus Edwards has agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday.

The deal includes $3.375 million guaranteed, the source told Schefter.

Edwards will be reunited with former Ravens and current Chargers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. And he now goes from being coached by John Harbaugh to his brother Jim.

His addition to the Chargers comes as running back Austin Ekeler is a pending unrestricted free agent.

The Chargers also reached agreement with tight end Will Dissly, on a three-year contract worth $14 million, including $10 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. He had been released by the Seattle Seahawks last week.

They also addressed their defense, agreeing to re-sign safety Alohi Gilman on a two-year, $11 million contract, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Edwards has been a major reason why the Ravens produced the most rushing yards (17,484) in the NFL since 2018. Despite sharing the backfield with Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, he has run for 3,395 yards, the most by a Baltimore running back over the past six seasons.

In 2023, after Dobbins suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 1, Edwards took over as Baltimore's primary back and repeatedly found the end zone, although he lacked his usual explosiveness. His 13 touchdown runs were tied for the third most by an NFL rushing back last season, and he fell one shy of tying the Ravens' single-season franchise record. But he averaged 4.1 yards per carry, the first time in his career that he was held under 5 yards per attempt.

Edwards, 28, and Nick Chubb are the only two players in NFL history to start their careers with three straight seasons of 700-plus rushing yards and at least 5.0 yards per carry. That streak ended just four days before the 2021 regular-season opener, when Edwards tore an ACL in practice. He has since returned to play the next two seasons, becoming the team's most consistent runner between the tackles.

After going undrafted out of Rutgers in 2018, Edwards cracked the starting lineup as a rookie once Lamar Jackson took over as the starting quarterback midway through that season, and Baltimore switched to a run-pass option offense. He owns the most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns (26) by an undrafted player in Ravens history.

Gilman was a rotational player and backup for his first three seasons before becoming a full-time starter in 2023.

In the final year of his contract, Gilman, 26, had his best season, finishing with 2 interceptions, 10 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles and 73 tackles despite missing three games with a heel injury. Gilman also played the final eight games of the season with a brace on his left arm that limited his range of motion.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.

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