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Chargers sign QB Justin Herbert to 5-year, $262.5 million extension

Justin Herbert’s deal tops both Jalen Hurts’ and Lamar Jackson’s latest contracts.

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With the Chargers’ first training camp practice scheduled for Wednesday, the team made sure to knock down the final domino of the offseason by signing quarterback Justin Herbert to a five-year, $262.5 million extension on Tuesday afternoon.

The deal makes Herbert the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL by average yearly salary, topping both Lamar Jackson (five years, $260 million) and Jalen Hurts (five years, $255 million) who each signed their extensions earlier this offseason.

With the deal done, expectations have never been higher for Herbert and the Chargers offense. First-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and his side of the ball will have the highest expectations overall as one of the brightest up-and-coming stars at the coordinator position. After a down year for Herbert across the board under Joe Lombardi a season ago, the bar in 2023 is being set for a massive bounce-back campaign as Herbert is only a season removed from going over the 5,000-passing yard mark in 2021.

Through his first three seasons, Herbert has thrown for 14,000 yards and 94 touchdown passes. His 14,089 passing yards are the most through a player’s first three seasons and his 94 scores are good for second behind Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.