The San Diego Chargers lost Danario Alexander for the 2013 NFL season due to a torn ACL that he suffered two days ago. Alexander led San Diego in receiving yards per game, yards per reception and was tied for the team lead with seven touchdown receptions in 2012.
Eddie Royal is expected to replace Alexander in the starting lineup alongside Malcom Floyd. Royal’s best season was in 2008 when he had 91 receptions, 980 receiving yards and five TD receptions. Since the 2008 season, the most receptions, receiving yards and TD receptions that Royal had in a season were 59, 627 and three, which happened in 2010.
While 32-year-old former New England Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd would be a good or great fit with San Diego, his asking price could be too high for the team.
San Diego’s front office should think about signing Terrell Owens. Owens last played with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, when he had 72 receptions, 983 receiving yards and nine TD receptions. He ranked 14th in TD receptions, 15th in receiving yards per game and 19th in receptions that season.
Owens tore his ACL two years ago in April, and was not signed even though he was cleared to play about a month into the 2011 season. Owens has been a major distraction at times in his career, but this was not the case on Cincinnati, nor was it the case in 2009 when he played with the Buffalo Bills.
The signing of Owens would be cheap and allow San Diego to keep flexibility with their salary cap space. Owens would get a one-year deal with non-guaranteed money.
Owens is 39-years-old, but he was productive in his last season and would be a better starter than Royal. There are high expectations for Vincent Brown, but he missed the entire 2012 season with a broken ankle. Keenan Allen is coming off a torn PCL which made him drop to the third round of this year’s draft.
Allen and Brown would still get some playing time, but signing Owens could allow the team to groom them to prepare for next year when one or both could start. Allen and Brown were third-round picks, and defensive players chosen after round two are usually more NFL-ready than offensive players.
Owens would also provide more size than Royal at 6-foot-3, 224 pounds compared to Royal’s 5-foot-10, 185 pounds. This would allow Philip Rivers to throw the ball towards the middle of the field more often because Owens can take big hits.
T.O. averages 15 yards per reception for his career and averaged 14 yards per reception in his last season at the age of 36. Royal averages 10 yards per reception in his career. San Diego’s front office should at least consider this signing before the 2013 season begins next month.