The San Diego Chargers signed former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander to a one year deal worth $540,000 on October 18, 2012. Alexander appeared in 10 games and started in seven for San Diego.
Alexander finished the 2012 season with 37 receptions, 658 receiving yards and was tied with Antonio Gates for the team lead with seven touchdown receptions. He averaged 17.8 yards per reception, which ranked third in the NFL. Alexander’s 65.8 receiving yards per game ranked 22nd in the league out of 139 players who qualified for this category.
He was on pace for 59 receptions, 1,053 receiving yards and 11 TD receptions. The 11 TD receptions would have been tied for fourth with Brandon Marshall, Rob Gronkowski and A.J. Green.
Alexander’s most productive games in 2012 were against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos. He had five receptions, 134 yards and a TD against Tampa and seven receptions, 96 yards and two TDs against Denver.
San Diego should try to re-sign Alexander during the off-season because he was productive and he will only be 25 years old at the start of next season, so he could have a bright future with the team. Alexander ranked third in yards per reception, was on pace to rank fourth in TD receptions and ranked 22nd in yards per game out of 139 players. San Diego ranked 30th, 11th and 22nd out of 32 teams.
San Diego’s top priorities during the off-season will be to find a new general manager, a new head coach and improve on their horrific offensive line play.
I expect San Diego’s front office to attempt to re-sign Alexander during the off-season. Alexander was San Diego’s best WR in 2012 and it would be a mistake on the part of management to let him go.