Paying Him the Danario

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

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.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • Cgoodness13

    We still need to extend butlers contract also

  • Supercharger77

    DX!!!

  • Cgoodness13

    Also, I’m sure TT is working with meachem to restructure his contract

    • RussinSactown

      Does the NFLPA allow for rebates?

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

        I imagine if they did, they would handle it like AT&T handled my rebate. Make you spend $150 worth of your time tracking down a $75 discount.. And it would take six months of talking to people in India named “Scott”… Lol.

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

      Can’t force a restructure. Those work when you promise them guaranteed money on the back end of a multi-year deal (and the player usually gets some sort of extension). No, TT is not trying to renegotiate Meachem’s contract. There would be nothing in it for Meachem (as he already has a large guaranteed deal).. so not likely he would even be interested, Remember, Meachem and Gaither both have existing contracts with the Chargers. So does Eddie Royal.

      Restructuring works for players you plan to keep for a long time, i.e. the Bradys, Brees, Mannings, etc. not the Meachems or Gaithers.

      Rivers hasn’t even been approached on a restructure (nor has Weddle), so as to open up more cap room., What does that tell you? Romo is going through it. Cowboys need cap room so they are trying to negotiate an extension of Romo’s contract (more years–more guaranteed money on the back side)..

      I don’t think TT is willing to commit to an extension for anybody at this point. He really doesn’t even know them yet.

      • JoseSD

        It wouldn’t be fair to ask weddle to restructure. His deal is only for 2 more years, he isn’t really getting paid what he’s worth and unlike most players he has elevated his game after he signed. Philip is a team player if they asked him im sure he would take less

        • Jonah Lee

          Bro, you are one of my favorite readers, you got the right insight! keep it up!!

          • JoseSD

            Haha, thank you. Im just trying to see the big picture of the future of this team and back up my opinions with facts and rational arguments

  • Josh 619

    Bolt Beat? These columns are a joke !!

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

      Then how about you get your cyber butt outta here

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        I definitely appreciate the love from you all!

    • FitzWilly

      Go play in traffic redneck

    • veazy

      Huff raid

    • Cgoodness13

      I also don’t like this!!!

      • arnie

        You and josh are entitled to your opinions. And you should be grateful to a host, like Ernie, who allows you to express them. Try this at BFTB you could find yourself banned.
        Anyways, if you think the articles are garbage, then send Ernie a message, and tell him you can write a better one.

        • Cgoodness13

          No I ment I disagree lol

          • arnie

            got it ;)

  • arnie

    This is a game a chicken Jonah, remember when it was reported the browns were “interested”? Well some teams might have jumped and signed him to a deal. Telesco didn’t even flinch. He’s shown he is not going to over pay for average FA. And we should all be glad, the Chargers didn’t sign him to big money, after only 8 Games. Remember the last player the Chargers gave a big deal to, after he played only 4 games?
    I’m glad Telesco placed the low tender on him because, it shows they did want him back. Again the theme is showing up, they are willing to let DX play. They saw what he was capable of. He just needs to prove that knee will hold up, by staying healthy.
    If DX stays healthy, and becomes 1,000 yard WR, then he was steal. Chargers win.
    If he get hurt, God forbid, then they are not locked into a long term deal. They move on. Chargers win.
    If he is signed to another team then it’s someone else’s problem. The Charger can look the draft to filling his spot with all the wonderful draft prospects you’ve shared. Again, Chargers win.

  • FitzWilly

    T squared has this
    no worries :)

  • hellachargerzdoe

    I WANT Da’Rick Rogers!!!!!

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