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

Chargers Plan On Using Low RFA Tender on Danario Alexander


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.

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!!!

Tags: Free Agency San Diego Chargers

  • Supercharger77

    In Telesco I trust. This guy has an eye for talent and everything will play itself out. There are a crap load of wrs in the draft but ultimately I think he ends up staying.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      How did you determine he has an eye for talent?

      • Supercharger77

        Was this guy not highly valued by the colts? A real organization. Did he not receive praise for his hire because of it? I don’t understand why you wouldn’t think he doesn’t.

  • Rob Base

    I don’t get it why didn’t they tag him with a 2nd or 3 round comp? Your right it is risky other teams have the money to spend and will want him!

    • Rob Base

      Forgot he was undrafted man that sucks! He’s a gonner

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    NFL.com is reporting that Ravens are telling Boldin to take a pay cut or be released. If that doesn’t beat all. One guy gets $20 mill, the others can’t even keep what they have. I think he is making around $6 mill a year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    And Ernie: I agree. This low RFA might make the Spanos clan happy (cheap), but it is risky and stupid.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I was thinking the same… This better work

    • JoseSD

      How is this risky or stupid?? Paying him too much with the Chargers’ current cap situation would be stupid. Nobody wanted to sign DX with multiple knee surgeries on both knees. The Chargers were the only team so desperate that they gave him a chance. Besides if someone does try to sign him they have the right of first refusal match the offer and he stays. They already gave a player with an “injury” history his big payday and that didn’t work out too well. With DX there is an actual history of real injuries, he was cut last year by the Rams cause he missed training camp and the preseason so his issues aren’t behind them. Telesco isn’t repeating AJ’s mistakes by giving him a big contract just cause we have no one else to turn to. If he can show that he can stay on the field and keep up the chemistry with Philip then he should get his long term deal

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        You can give him an offer for 700k more this year and there is no risk of teams making an offer to him. 700k!!

        • JoseSD

          If someone does offer it to him then they can pay it. If not then that 700k will go towards signing someone else

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Hit of someone wanted to sign him, we would get a 1nd round pick… Now we get nothing. 700k secured him for at least one more year

  • Bizzness

    If is original draft round for the low tender? Wasn’t he drafted in the second round? So we would get a second round or save money if he stays?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      He was undrafted

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    They are already yapping about it on nfl.com-saying that the Chargers risk losing him. Who will Rivers have to throw to–one of the Spanos kids?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Awesome… This could be such a fail… Not yet, but potential

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    This is a little off the subject, but on nfl.com the writer was talking about Reid. He said something like “looks like Reid is working to win”. hmmm. I really don’t think these guys in San Diego are planning on winning any time soon. I hope I am wrong.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Not off the subject at all… Hoping things brighten up soon

  • Alex Silva

    In my opinion, A.J. roster managing, aside Norv’s philosophy to put his players in action, was a really mess in last years. Telesco is cleaning the house first, targeting a new administration model. Maybe this year we’ll see more young players in games. It can work if made the smart way, and the new staff have my credit. Of couse, we’re fans and want to see moves, like other teams. But we’re in bad shape, to make this. (English is not my language, so excuse for any mistake)

  • Alex Silva

    About Danario Alexander, there’s a reason for that, certainly. This move is not smart without a reason, and TT does not seem to be dumb guy.

  • Preston Niedert

    What did you expect. The ball is in alexander court how this plays out it up to him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      How do you figure that it is in Alexander’s court seeing he is restricted? With a low tender RFA, all the other team has to do is go over the tender amount–Chargers have a right to match that.
      Alexander has nothing to say about it. If the other team goes over the tender amount and the Chargers don’t want to match it.. then Alexander goes.

      So, no, it is not in Alexander’s court. It is in the Chargers’ court as we did not feel it necessary to give him a contract.

  • Rob Base

    Ernie the low tender is better so that way Bolts can match other teams right? Plus they won’t be locked if it was a high tender?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      If you want to pay what other teams think he is worth

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    A high tender would have kept some of the other teams at bay, but oh no… means we would have to pay the guy more money. No way can we do that.

  • thegorn

    Looks like the NFL is lowballing everyone (except Flacco).

    • Sergio Quintero

      Seems like stars will get paid, the middle class is getting smaller and getting paid less.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    After the whole free agency comments yesterday, and this today, my enthusiasm and hope for this season is starting to slide.

    Alexander may have injury issues in the past, but he played well for us last year, and is the type of big bodied receiver that Rivers seems to love. They seemed to have great chemistry almost immediately. Tagging him this low, which basically seems like letting him walk, is a horrible idea, in my opinion.

  • 619chargers4life

    thats burnt . crispy, toasted . whatever u want to call it

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    DA could certainly be picked up by another team. Having said that, we were the only team desperate enough to pick him up off of the scrap heap last year.. Mid-season too. Not saying this is the right move.. But ,maybe Telesco doesn’t feel this is a big gamble, in light of the injury problems. Gaither was last year’s savior, and look at how that went =/

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Gaither was also nicknamed “Big Lazy” by both Baltimore and KC fans. DA is a guy who came in, had an immediate impact and chemistry with Rivers, and played every game he was here. Yeah, he has an injury history, but he also outplayed every other WR on the roster by a large margin in only 7 games last year.

      If we let him go for nothing, it’s a stupid move, no matter what.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        I disagree. Nobody is doubting his play last season. However, the odds of him getting injured are high, regardless. In fact, one might say he is overdue. Injury prone is injury prone. You sit on the bench when you’re hurt. How you battle back from an injury is important, but doesn’t make you much more attractive. Its the getting injured part that scares a team from paying too much. I hope he stays, though. I just don’t blame TT if he goes.

  • Cgoodness13

    Wonder if telesco told him “we will pay you low next season, then we will cut meachem and give you his money”

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I would be upset if he’s not on the team this year, he was the most exciting guy to watch on the team. I’m hoping he will be a Charger for along time and like the guy below said, give him low pay one more year to earn Meachs dough next year, ifs he’s crazy good give hims Royals dough too.