Danario Alexander Unlikely To Return to Chargers, Undergoes Another Surgery

Jul 25, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Danario Alexander (84) stretches prior to training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Danario Alexander has a long history of injuries. He has all the potential in the world, but he can’t stay on the field. He had to have another surgery on his messed up knee and it will take him even longer for him to return to action. It also seems unlikely that he will make a return to the Chargers roster now (Michael Gehlken).

Alexander would have been a huge boost to the offense if he were able to join the team on the field, but we all knew that the biggest concern with Alexander was his history of injuries. This time he had the injury before we were even able to re-sign him onto the roster. The team will have to look in another direction for help at wide receiver through free agency or in the draft.

Malcom Floyd would make a good option if he were able to return to the field, but his neck injury is career threatening. It is possible that Floyd will have to retire because of his neck injury.

Without Floyd and Alexander in the mix, the team will have to find some help at wide receiver. Keenan Allen is a rising star, but he needs some help around him on the roster. Vincent Brown needs to step up and Eddie Royal might be a cap casualty. The team will have to find some players to generate offense.

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  • Lee

    brown, royal and allen will be our core going into the offseason. maybe we should pick up a WR in the early rounds

    • arnie

      Decker. Proven talent. Worth the money. Great fit.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    That sucks. I’d like to see him back at the vet minimum because, when he actually is healthy, he’s a beast.

  • Stefanie Smith

    I saw something on this site linked to another article that there is rumor that Royal is staying. TT and McCoy like him. Don’t know if it is true… or just a football rumor.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i saw the link too… it referenced an ESPN article that said the team should keep Royal. He should be safe. I am not so sure about that one though. we will see.

      • Julien Bélair

        If he is gone we end up with only Allen as areceiver

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          well… would have to make some moves still with the money that was freed up

          • Julien Bélair

            To be honest if we are not going to get Maclin I think there is no other WR on the market better than Royal so we should just keep him another year. He was productive and he brings stability. But i’m more and more convinced that if a WR that TT loves in the first round he will take him.

          • arnie

            Get Decker.

      • Gunnar Martin

        I don’t get the hype about releasing Royal. Makes no sense. He’s expensive, not useless. Just make him take a pay cut.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          easier said then done… what if he doesn’t want a paycut? then he gets cut

          • Gunnar Martin

            True, true. That would be a disaster. I wouldn’t really understand it if he did though. He obviously has a pretty great fit in McCoy’s system, and there’s no way he would get paid 4 mil somewhere else anyways. I just hope it never comes down to that.

  • Nick Mansoor

    Sign Kenny Britt, only if he can straighten himself up off the field. If we want to spend a little more, go for Jeremy Maclin. I wouldn’t waste a draft pick on a WR when theirs plenty of proven talent in free agency this season.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      maclin would be nice

      • Nick Mansoor

        How about Jacoby Jones? Yeah he costs more, but he can play special teams too

        • Gunnar Martin

          I doubt Jacoby ends up more expensive that Maclin. Not anywhere near the same caliber. I guess it’s possible that it happens, but really unlikely.

      • Julien Bélair

        I agree maclin ftw

      • Michael

        It seems to me that when they sign free agent wr, it ends up bad, I say young hungry wr through draft, ,, it worked last year, ,,,,,,

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

    Is it “unlikely” that he won’t return, or is he saying the “Chargers are moving on”? That is the question. Gehlken said the following in the article:

    “The revision ACL surgery, performed in January as a follow-up to the primary reconstruction done in August, DELAYS the original timetable for the impending free agent’s return to football activities. It also COMPLICATES whether he’ll remain in San Diego next season, the chances APPEARING unlikely”. He also went on to say “This second surgery sets him back, but he is working TO PLAY IN THE 2014 SEASON, sources said”. I try to read between the lines, and the UT is waffling here, yet again.

    With all due respect, the day I start taking the UT’s writer’s word as gospel… just take me out behind the barn, and shoot me in the back of the head while I “pet the rabbits, George”. Especially now that new management has taken out the UT’s private entrance into the GM’s office. Wasn’t this the same UT that blasted TT for letting him hit the free market last year, and NOT paying Alexander much more than the vet-minimum? Yes.. it was, folks.

    The way I see it, TT is going to do what he feels is best for the team, and the player. If that means cutting Alexander, then so be it. However.. what are we paying him now… like $50, and free Subway? TT might wait until camp to see if Alexander is healing up properly, and make a decision from there. I don’t think he is a very big cap hit, and we are already looking at WR’s, I’m sure. Why lose one more, if there is no real penalty for letting him walk? Pretty sure nobody will be scooping him up in FA.

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

      I know people are frothing at the mouth to get another WR in the early rounds, but let’s fix this LAST PLACE defense, before we start adding even more players to our top 5 offense.

      • 619chargers4life

        And agreed!!

      • 1961 Fan

        In the months ahead remember what you said here “fix this LAST PLACE defense”

    • 619chargers4life

      Agreed!!!

    • Nick Mansoor

      “Pet the rabbits, George” hahahahaha

      ***Literature reference***

    • Sergio Quintero

      The chargers are better served by filling the WR roster, and if and only if they suffer injuries in the middle of the season sign him, they know they have the option of a supremely talented 4-8 game player in Alexander.

      Plus if you sign him later in the season, he can get himself in better shape.

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

        You may be right, Sergio. I totally get where you are coming from, and that makes sense too.
        All I’m saying, is that folks shouldn’t start rearranging their draft boards around this article. The UT does this all the time. They report something, and start insinuating that they have insider information, when they really don’t. When you read it at a glance, you take away that “The Chargers are 90% NOT bringing him back, and I have heard people say this around Chargers Headquarters”. But then you read a little closer, and you see them using words like “appears”, and “possibly” to cover their asses, should the report have no weight… which is very likely, in their case. So does he mean that HE thinks it’s unlikely Alexander comes back.. or that he has heard someone with the Chargers say that.. or both? He never specifies, on purpose.
        Every year the UT posts doom and gloom articles, that get the fan base all worked up, so that they can drum up more interest for their newspaper. I have seen far too many of these articles be completely wrong, to pay any attention to it. In the end, you find out that the UT really had no idea what the Chargers were thinking. I am done listening to them spin stuff like this, to make them look like they have their finger on the pulse. Guys like Adam Schefter & Ian Rappoport have more information on the Chargers than they do, and they are on the friggin’ East Coast… LMAO!!!! The UT usually has no clue, is what I have learned.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Exactly. None of this should really be a huge game-changer. Stuff we pretty much already knew, or supposed. I get sick when I read too much from the UT. They’re all Nagative Nancies over there.

  • Robert Weisfeld

    Noooooo we need him

  • Bill Nichols

    I agree with Peter. *uck the UT. DX went in for a tune up. Also helps the Doc’s see where the knee is “healing wise”. Tune up my people, that’s all. Hell yes he is going to be back, TT knows what he is doing. We gotta quit making up shit to talk about. It’s too early in the off season………. Bolts!!

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

      You know… DX has had a bunch of injuries to his knees, and all. But, I don’t remember anybody calling for Taylor to be released, and draft another strong safety in the first two rounds, after he went in to have a second surgery.The strong safety position is in a worse spot than the wide receiver position… but, nobody cares about that. They are fine keeping Taylor, and letting him heal.. and I would say that DX is far more talented (when on the field) than Taylor. They just want to draft the “sexy pick”.. a wide receiver in the early rounds, and are looking for any and all excuses why we should do that. Get another WR, by all means.. but, at the highest, I would go 2nd round. More realistically, I would take one in the 3rd or 4thr round. But, the Chargers SHOULD NOT spend a first round pick on a WR. This should be all defense this time.

      • Gunnar Martin

        I would be more than happy to welcome them both back :) We definitely need some solid insurance at both spots though…

      • Derek

        Not advocating for a wr in first rd but how many yrs in the league does dx have over Taylor????!

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

          DX has more. But, he has spent a lot of time on IR, and is still pretty young. My point was, that people are quick to turn away from DX. I personally think you keep him. He is inexpensive, and will eventually heal up and play this season. I have seen more of him than Taylor. I KNOW Alexander is good. Taylor still has to prove he is good. If they were both healthy right now, and you had to choose one, who would you pick?

          • Derek

            No fair he’s a rookie he was solid in college. Perfect example demerius Thomas or Moreno barring conduct issues I think all rookies should be given their 4 yrs to prove who they are unless their flaws are ridiculous. Taylor was pretty good when healthy. Better than anybody in the skins db bunch

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

            Lol.. ok.. I’ll give you a pass. Here’s a fair question… keep Alexander, or get someone else?

          • Derek

            Damn i say keep him. The only other fa wr that fits is britt and I think he’s a locker room cancer. I don’t see us pulling him in sanders will be taken by pats or Pitt nicks looks ok but I see him pulling Gaither moves. Dx just needs time and he’ll be a bargain.

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

            I concur. We might be getting an extra seventh round pick. Maybe take a WR there… lol… j/k

          • Derek

            Say Floyd isn’t 100% by draft and kelvin Benjamin is available in the 3rd rd…, pick him or no?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            if kelvin is there in the 3rd, you have to pick him… he is a projected first

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

            Do you see us taking a guard? Maybe if the “right” guy was there?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            hahahah… yes i do… what you thinking?

          • Derek

            Cyril if he’s there. Game tape never lies plus we have joe at Oline coach who makes linemen shine

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Cyril would be a solid pick

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

            Agreed.

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

            If he is, you gotta take him. Guard is actually the only offensive position I will concede in the top 3 picks.

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

            In a heartbeat. I’m with Ern on that.

      • arnie

        More Green, more Tutu. Maybe more opportunities for DePalma… there are already a core of players that can step up without taking a WR in the 1st round, it just isn’t neccessary

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Another thing I’d like to see us if they cut Royal, put Woodhead in at the same time as Mathews, but Woodhead in Royal’s place….Ladarius and Gates at the same time as we’ll…

  • Derek

    2 words Thomas Davis. I still believe in dx

  • Preston Niedert

    What about a Rb like MJD yes he older but he should be easy to sign. Or Eugene Monroe OT he would be a nice pick up but the chargers would have to lure him away from the ravens the chargers should look into sinning Rhodes two players and pick Cory graham and fill in the rest through the draft.

  • arnie

    Screw it! Go throw some money at Eric Decker. He knows McCoy and the offense. He wouldn’t lose a step with Rivers throwing to him, and his only competition for #1 WR is Allen. Move one clear some cap space and welcome Decker as a new Charger. No need to waste a # 1 pick. Broncos stole three of ours, we’ll take one of their best.

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