The San Diego Chargers have a 6-9 record and are getting worse each season. After winning two playoff games in 2007, San Diego has one playoff win since then and missed the playoffs from 2010-2012.
San Diego ranked sixth in receiving yards, eighth in touchdown receptions and 10th in yards per reception last season. San Diego ranks 21st, 10th and 30th in these categories this season.
Vincent Jackson led San Diego in receiving yards in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Jackson led the team in receiving yards and TD receptions in 2009 and 2011. San Diego lost Jackson in free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
San Diego’s front office should try to make a trade for Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald during the off-season. Fitzgerald is having a down year, but there is an explanation for his lack of production this season.
Fitzgerald has not had a lot of help at the quarterback position this season. Kevin Kolb got hurt after starting the season with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
Fitzgerald’s teammates have combined for 10 touchdowns and 20 interceptions with a 62.5 QB rating which is the worst in the league. Arizona’s quarterbacks are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the most INTs in the NFL.
Arizona had a 5-11 record in 2010, an 8-8 record in 2011 and has a 5-10 record right now. Fitzgerald is not the stereotypical wide receiver/diva, but Arizona appears to be multiple years away from being competitive.
Arizona’s offensive line has allowed more sacks than any team in the NFL. Fitzgerald is signed through the 2018 season, so if San Diego brings him in, they would not have to worry about a one and done situation.
Fitzgerald finished in the top five for receiving yards four times in his career, led the NFL in TD receptions twice and led the NFL in receptions during the 2005 season.
Antonio Gates is declining and Danario Alexander could be a one hit wonder, so the combination of Philip Rivers throwing to Fitzgerald is a much need addition for the Lightning Bolts.