AP source: Pipkins agrees to terms to remain with Chargers
Tue, Mar 14, 2023
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Offensive tackle Trey Pipkins agreed to terms Tuesday on a three-year contract to return to the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because signings can't be announced until the official start of free agency on Wednesday.
Pipkins was drafted in the third round out of Division II Sioux Falls in 2019 but finally came into his own last year. The 6-foot-6, 307-pound lineman started 15 games, including the playoffs, at right tackle last season as the Chargers made the postseason for the first time since 2018.
By re-signing Pipkins, the Chargers could elect to clear more cap room by releasing left guard Matt Feiler and moving Jamaree Salyer to that spot. Salyer was projected to be a guard when he was drafted in the sixth round last year, but started 15 games at left tackle after Rashawn Slater suffered a season-ending biceps injury in a Week 3 game against Jacksonville.
The Chargers on Tuesday also announced that linebacker Eric Kendricks has signed a multi-year contract. Kendricks posted about joining the Chargers on his Instagram account Monday. He spent eight seasons with the Vikings before being released on March 6.
The 31-year old linebacker has started 113 regular-season and six playoff games. He was 14th in the league this past season with 137 total tackles, including 87 solo.
Los Angeles also gave running back Austin Ekeler permission to explore a trade after the two sides were unable to reach agreement on an extension. Ekeler has one year remaining on his contract.
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