The San Diego Chargers lack depth at wide receiver because they finished 22nd in the NFL in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception last year. San Diego lost their best receiver for the 2013 season when Danario Alexander tore his ACL and Malcom Floyd could miss the season opener against the Houston Texans.
San Diego’s front office should try to sign former New England Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd finished the 2012 season with 74 receptions, 911 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions. No one on San Diego’s roster had more receptions or receiving yards than Lloyd in 2012.
Lloyd led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards in 2010 to go along with 11 TD receptions, which ranked fourth in the league. Lloyd spent most of his 2011 season with the St. Louis Rams and had 966 receiving yards.
San Diego tight end Antonio Gates and WR Eddie Royal are the only players on San Diego’s current roster with a season of at least 900 receiving yards. No one on San Diego’s current roster has had a season of at least 900 receiving yards since 2009 when Gates finished with 1,157. Lloyd had at least 70 receptions in his last three seasons and no one on San Diego’s current roster has had at least 70 receptions in a season since Gates in 2009.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco should go after Lloyd, but at the right price because San Diego has about $3.8 million in salary cap space. Lloyd is 32 years old, so he could have a future with the Chargers beyond 2013.
Lloyd, Gates, Floyd, Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen could be respectable targets for Philip Rivers in the passing game this season.
San Diego’s offense struggled in 2012 because the team ranked 20th in points per game and 30th in yards per play. If San Diego signs Lloyd, the offense will be more explosive in 2013. This is a move that Telesco should consider to improve San Diego’s offense and take pressure away from the defense.