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Chargers reportedly turned down trade requests for Justin Herbert from Patriots and Vikings

The Los Angeles Chargers received — and rejected — trade requests from the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings for star quarterback Justin Herbert in the weeks leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, ESPN reported Thursday.

“No. No, at the combine, some people asked me ‘would we consider it,’ and they were quickly shot down. No, that’s never an option,” the manager said Thursday evening Chargers general Joe Hortiz on a potential Herbert trade.

Los Angeles ultimately selected Notre Dame offensive tackle and All-American Joe Alt fifth overall in Thursday’s draft. They also own picks Nos. 37 and 69 on Day 2.

New England (No. 3) and Minnesota (moved from No. 11 to No. 10) each drafted a quarterback on day one, with the Patriots selecting North Carolina’s Drake Maye and the Vikings selecting JJ McCarthy of Michigan.

Why would teams think the Chargers might have been willing to trade Herbert? New Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh spent the previous nine seasons as head coach at Michigan, where McCarthy was its starting quarterback the last two seasons and they won the national championship last season .

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Herbert begins a five-year, $262.5 million extension through the 2025 NFL season. His 2023 campaign was cut short after 13 games due to a finger injury, with the Chargers finishing 5-12.

Herbert is a former Pro Bowler who was the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He threw for 5,014 yards in 2021 and averaged 4,305.8 passing yards, 28.5 passing touchdowns, 10.5 interceptions and a passer rating of 95.7 per season during his four-year NFL career, while completing 66.6% of his passes.

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