What if Danario Alexander Leaves?

December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander (84) scores during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

There is a lot of assumptions that the Chargers will keep Danario Alexander even if someone offers him a contract. Seems to me that might be a big assumption.

Alexander can get an offer from any team in the league and they don’t risk losing any compensation for signing Danario. The Chargers are up against the salary cap and can be outbid quickly if there is a team that is willing to take a chance. Teams can offer Danario a one-year deal worth $3 million and the Chargers would be in a tough spot to match with less than $7 million left in cap space.

So then begs the question, what do we do if Danario walks?

I won’t even mention my favorite player in the draft on this post, but would you be comfortable with our crop of receivers if Danario is gone? Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd as the starters with Robert Meachem or Eddie Royal in the slot? Hmmmmm…..

Seems that this is the way we started the season last year and that didn’t turn out too well. As soon as Vincent Brown or Malcom Floyd go down with an injury, Robert Meachem would be in the starting lineup.

Why are people comfortable with our receivers again? Why is there faith in Meachem and Royal? I understand Tom Telesco is giving everyone a clean slate, but we all watched these guys last season. Micheal Spurlock outperformed them all. Seyi Ajirotutu outperformed them.

So…….

Drafting o-linemen are supposed to turn Philip Rivers back into a stud? I am sure it would definitely get him feeling comfortable, but did you see the impact that having Danario Alexander made for Philip? He looked like he had a lot more comfort throwing him the ball than anyone else on his team, even with those terrible linemen.

Losing a weapon like Danario could cripple us. So, it’s going to be scary if he goes down with one of those injuries OR if he signed with someone else.

Topics: Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

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  • RussinSactown

    His best landing spot (Cleveland) has not materialized. The way free agency works, most of the big deals have been done and people are looking toward the draft. As every day passes I am more confident that someone will not come in with a last second “Screw you” move and pay him a huge wad of cash.

    That said what if we keep him and he goes down? Remember DX had been on the shelf in his career as well so let’s not kid ourselves and think he’s an ironman as well. I’d say whether he stays or goes still look for strong workhorse receivers in the draft. This way we give Phil a lot of targets and better chance that he’ll have a great go to guy in crunch time.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      wondering if an afc west team like the Chiefs could pull a screw you type move. they have the space and could use a guy from missouri to play on the opposite side of Bowe.

      • RussinSactown

        Well we still get to match unless he gets a boatload of cash and then they lock up a boat load of cash that they can’t use somewhere else.

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

      I agree, Russell. We do need to get some depth. But I will tell ya this. I am getting sick and tired of the players leaving. TT better at least get this done and stop with the nobody players. At least give Rivers somebody he already knows.

      • nativesandiegan

        I hate to seem like I’m singling you out, but why are you so quick to vilify TT. You keep making these ultimatums such as” TT better…”. To make it more simple for you, expressions like he’d “better do this or he’d better do that”. Rivers already knows Malcolm Floyd, Antonio Gates, & should know Vincent Brown and some of the younger players that the Chargers have kept around like Willie. By now he should also be familiar with Meacham and Royal too. Know their strengths and weaknesses, & play to their strengths. Get his timing down with quicker, faster receivers that aren’t very tall. We’ll see how it goes this year, but I wouldn’t draft a quicker, faster receiver (like the guy Ernie loves) until Philip proves he can throw to him. Personally, if I was drafting a receiver I’d go after a guy who seems to be under the radar, who runs great routes, catches everything in his vicinity & fights for ev Hopkinsery ball. He’s not 6’4″ & doesn’t run a 4.1foufourth but he still stretches the field & goes up & gets the high pass. He was outstanding in Clemson’s bowl game – Deandre Hopkins.

        • nativesandiegan

          Sorry. My phone messed up. Should have read” fights for every ball” & doesn’t run a 4.1 fourth.

          • nativesandiegan

            That’s 4.1 forty.

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

          I don’t like that he basically dropped a bomb on the team. Okay, that is an exaggeration, but I am in the Acee group of thinking. I am not alone. Countless other sports sites have polled other Charger fans. They don’t think this guy is all that and a bag of chips.
          My question to you is: why would you call it “villifying” simply because I don’t like him trading away everyone for nobodies? How is that villifying? I don’t think he is a villain, by any means. Just not sold on him. My fear is he dumps Rivers next year and goes for this “building through the draft” for many more years to come.. The grand experiment. I just want to see the Chargers like they were –contenders (and not take many many years to get there)
          If that is villifying the guy-then sorry. Just because he is new and not AJ doesn’t mean he is the greatest either. I mean when AJ ran the revolving door of players–never keeping anyone, we fans complained about it regularly. It is not all of a sudden the greatest thing now because TT is doing it.

          And settle down. Words like “TT better” are equivalent to “you better close the refrigerator door”. It is an expression. Are you parsing what I type that closely? This is supposed to be entertainment.

          • RussinSactown

            Breathe in. Breathe out.

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

            Breathing in and out, Russell. You are a jewel too. lol I mean that in a nice way. Thought I better add that.

          • boltingindiego

            well your putting a lot of blame on tt where the cap situation falls directly on aj’s past contracts. You’ve got over 23 mil on this years cap going towards meach, gaither, clary, and royal alone. Hopefully Meachem and royal can turn things around this year. But clary sucks and gaither’s gone. We have about 7 mil left and last years #11 and #45 pick in the draft cost about 3 mil towards the cap. So thats 4 mil left and we have the rest of the picks left which will probably 1 mil more. Thats why we’ve had to let go a bunch of players. It might suck but it’s the situation were in.

    • JoseSD

      I think they still need to add one in rounds 3-5, let’s not forget M80 is in the second year of a 2 year deal and Vincent Brown is entering his 3rd year, usually that’s the year where you really find out if your WR is a stud or a dud

  • Rob Base

    I think that if he stays or goes Bolts will still draft a WR. It won’t be who we want Ernie but Telseco is abviously creating depth there already with Depalma and that Butler dude. Plus Swope was in for a visit.

  • Sergio Quintero

    If he leaves the chargers have to take a WR in the between round 1-3, and with only 7 picks the odds of trading down keep rising.

    • davacho

      agreed

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Bleacher Reports Top 100 WR’s list that just came out completely forgot about him lol. Dion Branch is on there but no Alexander, also thought rating Malcolm Floyd 27th in the league is a bit high. Meach is on there too in the 80′s I think

    • Gunnar Martin

      That list was pitiful.

  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    I like Alexander as much as the next person but i can certainly understand why Telesco is not willing to give up much to keep him around. A guy with a long list of injuries who has never been able to contribute for an entire season. Great while he is healthy but he has to be on the field to contribute. Other teams know this as well, maybe someone comes in and make an offer and at that point Telesco will have to decide if its worth it or not. I say if he is here next season and plays in 14-16 games then you can consider giving him some cash

  • Lee

    o-line would still be priority in the 1st and maybe even 2nd round but we still have more glaring needs than wr at the moment. before rivers’ line depleted he showed he could make receivers out of anyone norv and aj put on the field

  • JoseSD

    I think someone signing him is a bigger assumption Ernie. 5 knee surgeries and 0 16 game seasons played. And yes an o line will fix Philip, you didn’t forget 2010 already did you? With NcNeil and Dielman blocking his blind side he led the league in passing yards throwing to Ajirotut, Kelly Washington, Patrick Crayton, Kris Wilson and some I can’t remember. And going WR in the first is a mistake, maybe 3-5 but o line is the biggest issue that needs to be resolved

    • Cgoodness13

      Preach brother preach!!!!!

    • RussinSactown

      I think you left out the peanut vendor and couple of Charger Girls that suited up as wideouts that year Jose. He was throwing to everybody. Give him a line and Rivers will cut people up.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        What’s sucks, is that despite Rivers cutting it up, we still lost enough games to miss the playoffs that year.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Didn’t forget it at all. There are 2 players you forgot to mention. Antonio Gates who was all-world at that time. He could be double teams and sometimes triple teams. He has never been the same since. Injuries and age have taken that away. Darren Sproles, the ultimate bail out if things went bad.

      Sure there were randoms making plays, but there was still options that teams couldn’t stop.

      Do you remember how much we were hoping VJ would come back?

      I won’t take anything away from the o-line, it needs to be a lot better, but you can’t say that Philip will be alright with a bunch of scrub receivers also.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Didn’t forget it at all. There are 2 players you forgot to mention. Antonio Gates who was all-world at that time. He could be double teams and sometimes triple teams. He has never been the same since. Injuries and age have taken that away. Darren Sproles, the ultimate bail out if things went bad.

      Sure there were randoms making plays, but there was still options that teams couldn’t stop.

      Do you remember how much we were hoping VJ would come back?

      I won’t take anything away from the o-line, it needs to be a lot better, but you can’t say that Philip will be alright with a bunch of scrub receivers also.

      • JoseSD

        I left out Sproles, Gates and M80 to make a point that he doesn’t need studs to light it up. And you have to agree the current WRs are better than the 2010 receivers. I was so pissed that Vincent Jackson pulled that BS move not signing until after the last possible week to earn an accrued season and he still had to sit out 3 games. But.damn did he put on a show his first game back against the 49ers with 3 td’s

  • Gunnar Martin

    Who else remembers that guy Mike Willie we have?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      love Mike Willie… wondering if he can steal a roster spot this season. think he can do well

      • boltingindiego

        hopefully this new coaching staff seems something in him.

      • Gunnar Martin

        I think if Danario somehow slips through our fingers at the last second then Mike will work his way up to the active roster. He brings an interesting presence as a big receiver, and there’s a good chance that some of our WRs get injured along the way.
        If DX does come back, then hopefully we keep Willie on the practice squad.

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

      I love that guy.

      • Nick in PB

        I’m with you there Stefanie… thought we should keep him too. Likely the salaries to Meachum and Royal had us handcuffed!

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

      Did you like Spurlock? I thought he was pretty good.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Yeah I absolutely loved Spurlock. Couldn’t believe it when they didn’t even try to bring him back. Would rather have him returning kicks than Goodman, and definitely offers more as a receiver. I’m gonna miss him a lot.

  • tbell11

    Even if he leaves, shouldn’t even consider a WR until round 3, but they could draft WR Ryan Swope in the 4th.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      if Swope is the guy, then i wouldnt even want to go receiver. but that is probably because i dont think much of swope

      • Rob Base

        Swope has had some concussions also big red flag there! I’m not too excited bout him either

        • boltingindiego

          do you have an article where they report how many concussions hes had because all the info im finding is that mayock said he has a history but no actual #’s.

          • Rob Base

            I can’t remember but report said multiple concussions.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    It’s funny how many people don’t know how to spell “Meachem” a year later. Not talking smack on anyone… just that so many people still get it wrong.. lol.

    • Gunnar Martin

      So true…

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Not sure if the Pats would sign DX, or go draft… but the Steelers matched Sanders’ contract. Weren’t they mentioned earlier as an interested party?

  • Randy Pierce

    Why in hell are we handcuffed to guys like Meachem and Royal? They’ve never done anything!

  • BruisingChargers

    We sign him to a 1 year deal, fix the o-line, throw the ball to him a lot- touchdowns

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