According to Adam Caplan of philadelphiaeagles.com, “A few teams are still mulling decisions on RFA WR Danario Alexander. Feeling is the San Diego Chargers would match. Cleveland Browns are a team to keep an eye on.”
San Diego’s front office placed a one year tender worth $1.3 million on Alexander and teams have until next Friday to sign Alexander to this deal or offer more money to him.
Alexander was injury prone before being released by the St. Louis Rams, so this could explain why San Diego’s front office signed him to such a low tender.
Alexander was valuable to the Chargers, though, because he ranked first on their roster in receiving yards per game, yards per reception and touchdown receptions while he was second in receiving yards. Alexander’s production last season was done in only 10 games that included seven starts.
San Diego ranked 22nd in the NFL with an average of 225 receiving yards per game and ranked 30th in yards per reception while Alexander ranked 22nd in yards per game and third in yards per reception.
While San Diego’s receiving corps struggled, Cleveland was not much better because they ranked 20th in receiving yards and 25th in yards per reception, so there could be interest from them in Alexander.
Former San Diego head coach Norv Turner is Cleveland’s offensive coordinator, so it will be interesting to see if this plays into management’s decision to go after Alexander since Turner coached him.
San Diego’s top priority in the upcoming draft will be to choose someone who solidifies the left tackle position, but there is a chance that this will not happen unless the team trades up from the 11th pick in round one.
If Alexander is not brought back and San Diego does not get their LT, there is a possibility that they could choose former Tennessee Volunteers WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
The situation with Alexander could have a major impact on San Diego’s direction in the draft because their receiving corps would have been one of the worst without Alexander last season.