According to Adam Caplan, the San Diego Chargers only plan on using the low restricted free agent tender on Danario Alexander. That means that any other team can make an offer on Alexander and they wouldn’t have to give up any compensation to get him. The Chargers would get the opportunity to match, but if someone wants Alexander’s services, then there really is no risk in making an offer.
Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Danario Alexander (24) is defended by Oakland Raiders cornerback Brandian Ross (29) on a 34-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
This is a stupid strategy on a player that was so helpful for the team last season. Why not just tender him in a way that we could get a 2nd round draft pick as compensation? What a risk the team is taking on this one.
Here are the tender amounts for the different compensations: High tender is $2.879M (1st-Rd comp); Next is $2.023M (2nd-Rd comp); Then $1.323M (original draft rd).
Alexander has had injury problems up the ying yang, but he helped revitalize the offense when he joined the team. Philip Rivers trusted throwing the ball up to him.
This is risky!!!
Topics: Free Agency, San Diego Chargers