The Texans have Devin Singletary (who will also be a free agent) and Dameon Pierce splitting carries as part of an offense that seems to be on the verge of becoming a monster with rookie C.J. Stroud at quarterback.
If the Texans were to lose Singletary, or if they chose to sign Ekeler rather than to bring him back, he could be a seamless fit into this offense.
The Texans have a good, young team but they don't feature a go-to guy on offense. Stroud has done a great job of getting others involved and making the most of their abilities and he could help bring out what we used to see in Ekeler on a regular basis.
The Vikings land on this list as there is just no clear option in the backfield on this team. Of course, the same can be said for Los Angeles, so why wouldn't Ekeler just stay there?
This is all about finding a new opportunity. Finding a team to believe in his abilities as he's aging and have confidence in him as an every-down back. That seems to be waning with the Chargers. Of course, the Chargers could move on from head coach Brandon Staley, which could change things for Ekeler as well.
But in the case of the Vikings, they have Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler in the backfield. They play their home games inside, which would be familiar to Ekeler as he plays home games inside SoFi Stadium.
There wouldn't be a lot of obvious reasons to go to Minnesota, but it could be a great opportunity for him due to the team's lack of proven options after moving on from Dalvin Cook this offseason.