Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander (84) is tackled by New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) during the first half at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Paying Him the Danario

It’s unfortunate but it’s safe to say that Danario Alexander wasn’t offered a big time contract due to lame-duck signings such as Robert Meachem and Jared Gaither. I’d be willing to bet Alexander would be offered an extension midway through next season if he remains healthy and productive. Keeping my fingers crossed for that! Tom Telesco made an unusual move for the team, tagging the “undrafted” Alexander the original round tender and yes you read that right, we would get nothing! We could have gotten a second, maybe a first rounder, but I suppose that beats signing him ridiculous money. Baffling, but we can’t question what Telesco is doing here. Alexander had five knee surgeries since college and if every other general manager in the NFL forgot that point, Danario would have been signed elsewhere by now. Nobody would take a chance on a wide receiver with bad knees. It’s similar to signing a one-armed quarterback or a peg-leg runningback. If we wanted star players on injured reserve most of the season we would have kept A.J. Smith as general manager. Besides, there are plenty of injury-free, free agent wide receivers on the market to take chances with.

No doubt about it, Danario is tough and athletic. Only 26-years old and standing at 6’-5” we could possibly use his services for years to come. Most importantly, the chemistry he and Philip Rivers have could generate a potent aerial attack with Floyd and Vincent Brown in the mix. Not to mention, Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal could step up their game. Could, I said could! First, if teams consider Alexander’s history of injuries and don’t sign him, then secondly, he doesn’t have anymore issues with those injuries, we’ll be set at wide receiver for the unforeseeable future.

Last season, Danario Alexander played in ten games with seven starts, dragging in seven touchdowns and 658 yards. Second most yards on the team, most yards per reception at 17.8. I’m rooting for Danario to be healthy as an ox for the rest of his NFL career and then some.

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