San Diego Chargers: What will happen with Danario Alexander?

By Kenny Gardner
Danario Alexander San Diego Chargers
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers had problems in their receiving game last season — they ranked 22nd in receiving yards and their 10.7 yards per reception ranked 30th in the NFL.

Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander was one of the few bright spots for San Diego at the receiver position. Alexander ranked third in the NFL with an average of 17.8 yards per reception, ranked 22nd in receiving yards per game and was tied for the team lead with seven touchdown receptions in only 10 games.

San Diego’s front office placed a $1.3 million tender on Alexander last month, and another team has until April 19th to match this tender or offer Alexander more money.

According to Michael Gehlken of, “Given the Chargers’ lack of cap space, an interested team may choose to front-load the money in Alexander’s offer sheet, making it more difficult for San Diego to match it.”

Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator and current Chargers head coach Mike McCoy had high praise for Alexander. “Very talented player. He averaged 17.8 yards per reception. Made a lot of plays. He and Philip Rivers had a great relationship that developed in a hurry because he had to play right away.”

McCoy continued by saying “It’s always a possibility for him to go elsewhere, but we made the decision. I know what we did, and we’re going to stick by it.  We’ll see what happens.”

While San Diego had salary cap issues heading into the off-season, signing Alexander to a one year, $2.9 million tender would have given the Lighting Bolts a first-round pick if another team signed him.

I would like to see Alexander back in a Chargers uniform because former New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem was terrible in 2012 and San Diego lacks depth at the receiver position. Meachem lost his starting job to Alexander last season, so if Alexander is not brought back, San Diego would be losing an important player.

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