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San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen’s Emergence Makes Malcolm Floyd Useless

Keenan Allen

Christopher Hanewinckel – USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers went into the 2013 season with a few question marks at the wide receiver position. A year removed from Vincent Jackson‘s departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chargers were beginning to worry that San Diego wouldn’t be seeing a number-one wideout for quite sometime. Luckily, a rookie has saved the day in California as Keenan Allen has just about guaranteed himself the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year Trophy.

Allen hauled in eight touchdowns and over 1,000 yards receiving during the regular season, despite being a minor part of the Chargers’ offense in the early going. Thanks to a couple of season-ending injuries to both Malcolm Floyd and Danario Alexander, Allen was able to flourish and in turn, became Philip Rivers‘ go-to target by the end of the year. In the process, Allen managed to push both Floyd and Alexander to the back-burner. The 25-year-old Alexander will likely find work elsewhere as a free agent this offseason, while San Diego faces a pretty big decision in regards to Floyd’s future.

Sure, the 32-year-old Floyd might be under contract for the next two years, but the wide receiver’s contract contains no guaranteed money. Therefore, the Chargers would be able to cut ties with Floyd rather easily. This is a good year to safe some money if you’re the Chargers as linebackers Larry English and Donald Butler are both set to test the free agent waters this offseason.

By releasing Floyd, the Chargers will save money and San Diego has Keenan Allen to thank.

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