Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts (12) makes a catch as Indianapolis Colts defensive back Jalil Brown (21) defends during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

WR Andre Roberts Looks Like A Nice Fit For Chargers

We have been spending a lot of time on the NFL Draft as of late because of the NFL Combine. Time to break that trend and look at free agency with that coming to the horizon fairly quickly.

The San Diego Chargers have a number of areas that they will be looking to improve. The receiver position is one that will likely need some love in the offseason. Malcom Floyd should let everyone know his decision on his career before free agency hits and it will give the team the chance to look into players that can help in the future.

If Floyd chooses to hang up the cleats, the team will be in desperate need for a receiver threat on offense. Vincent Brown has not shown the ability to gain separation from the defense and the team should find someone who can help Philip Rivers and the guys on offense.

One player that is flying under the radar is Andre Roberts of the Arizona Cardinals. Roberts is becoming a free agent and is looking for an opportunity. He was stuck behind Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona and didn’t see many opportunities to make plays there. He could get that opportunity on the Chargers.

Roberts stands at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. He is a receiver that makes plays after the catch and would give the team another threat on offense. He has good hands and also can be connected to Frank Reich from their days in Arizona.

Roberts also can help the team as a returner on special teams. He has experience as a kickoff and punt return specialist in the past.

During his tenure with the Cardinals, his best season came in 2012 where he finished the year with 759 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. That was with John Skelton… or Kevin Kolb… or whoever random person they pulled out from the stands to play quarterback throwing the ball around.

Not a bad season for Roberts. Roberts has not had a solid quarterback throwing him the ball in his career. He had a chance with Carson Palmer brought onto the roster last season, but he couldn’t get past Michael Floyd or Larry Fitzgerald on the depth chart.

Roberts could come at a good price and is a young receiver (26) that could be a nice weapon for the team. With the cap number going up, we might be able to keep Eddie Royal and still add Roberts onto the roster. That would give the team some nice depth at the position. Roberts, Royal and Keenan Allen with Vincent Brown working his tail off to make plays.

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  • Julien Bélair

    Good job Ernie and great article again!
    I notice that he will be a FA and I also think he is a good fit. He will be cheap as well. I say cut Royal sign Roberts and draft a Wr and we are good to go !

    • Ernie Padaon

      thanks brotha… appreciate the love.. think he fits the team pretty well. wouldn’t mind having both royal and roberts on the roster.

      • Julien Bélair

        me too but I think Royal is replaceable easily with a rookie in this year draft. Nose tackle not so much so we could use the money to buy a NT in FA (Soliai for example) and now probably a vet MLB. Royal is good but seems expendable in part because of this years wr class and because he is not good in the return game and we need a guy to do the job

  • blu3ny3llow

    Might as well spend money on other teams FAs since I don’t see Butler coming back..hope I’m wrong

    • Julien Bélair

      He seems to want more money than his play commands

      • Gunnar Martin

        I hope you’re both wrong.

        • Julien Bélair

          I hope too but at the same time you have to admit that he was not good this year….

          • Gunnar Martin

            No I don’t. He may not have been spectacular, but I can tell you with gusto that the defense would have been much, much worse if he hadn’t been there. Do we need to re-watch the season? (I’d be all for that, btw)

          • Peter Thompson

            Agreed. He had a down year.. so did Reyes.. so did Liuget.. so did Te’O (to some extent). What do all of these have in common? Cam Thomas is not a starting NT, that’s what. He looked frustrated at times. Maybe due to the nagging injury.. maybe because he’s the captain, and every time they stopped a team on first and second down, Cox or Thomas or Gilchrist would give up a HUGE 3rd down conversion.

            I remember that Titans game.. he looked SO bad out there. I could feel his frustration through the TV! I think he got like 3 penalties in that game.. one was when he sort of strolled off the field, and we got called for 12 men (which was a bad look for the captain of the D). I think that was when extreme frustration had set in (for a lot of our players) over having a crappy secondary.. they made Tennessee’s receivers look like AJ Green. That was also.the game where PR got all crazy with the refs too.

            Butler will hopefully come down slightly with his price, and give the hometown discount. Maybe they can make a contract where he gets incentives where he gets a great payday after he stays healthy, and when we have more money… like it’s guaranteed no matter what if he stays, and is reasonable about it.. because he took a paycut this season to help the team out.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Totally with you on this. WE NEED A NEW NOSE TACKLE!!!!!

          • Peter Thompson

            Darn straight, Gunnar. I am not the slightest bit surprised he’s asking for that money. Look at what Clary and Cox make. He’s watched all kinds of tool bags breeze through SD & make a boatload… He wants a fair contract, even if we’re broke.. you have to pay your defensive captain at least similarly.. I can’t convince myself that Elerbe money isn’t out of the question. Even with the injuries. He’s arguably the next best player in the defense, next to Weddle.

          • C.Steele

            At first blush, your logic sounds good. However upon reflecting on it for a few minutes, you can come to the conclusion “two wrongs don’t make a right”. Just because we have wasted $ on “tool bags” before, doesn’t justify paying a player more than he deserves. Paying a player a commiserate to multiple bad contracts just doesn’t make sense (If it don’t make $ then it don’t make sense LOL. Couldn’t resist). You would be compounding the problem, by making continuing to make poor monetary decisions.

            I will grant you that Butler is a hell of a lot better player than the individuals you mentioned in your statement (I’m a big fan, and want to keep him). But, I’d ask you to acknowledge that Butler hasn’t played up to the quality of $ he’s asking for. I’ve repeated a number of times I’d like to see TT work out a deal with a base salary of about $5M with performance and playing time incentives that would carry him to $7-8M per season. That seem to be a win, win for everyone.

            I do agree that our entire defense would improve, much like Rivers, and Matthews, with improved line play. That starts with NT!!!! our FA acquisitions have to be one of the premier NT & a RB. I don’t know which NT is better or best for the price, TT can figure that out. Lastly, concluding my FA wish list is Toby Gerhart! I think we could sign him for reasonable $, he’s a one cut back that’s tailor made for our offense. He could step in for multiple games if Matthews goes down and continue to punish defense when we are spelling Matthews.


          • Peter Thompson

            I like Gerhart. I can see him being a Woodhead caliber signing for the team. Not that they are similar in play.. just that he could make the same kind of impact that Woodhead did. I’d be down for that… he still has tread on the tires too.
            As for Butler, I hear ya… I’m not saying the Chargers should overpay.. I’m just saying that some players on our team have been privy to seeing some bad players getting paid. I know TT is a new GM, but Spanos was here, & signed off on all of that. It must be discouraging when they say “If we had more money… “, after watching them spend it in the wrong places, no matter who’s fault it was. We can say it doesn’t matter all day, but I bet it does in the end. Anyway, free agency will set the price for Butler. Let’s just see what happens.

          • C.Steele

            Very True!

          • Julien Bélair

            good observation sir

  • Kevin Manning

    I would prefer a move like this over using a high draft pick on a receiver.

    • Ernie Padaon

      seems like a decent idea, but the talent you can get in the first round is talent you wouldn’t be able to touch in free agency at wide receiver.

      • Kevin Manning

        I agree… but I think pass defense should be addressed first or o line.

    • Peter Thompson

      Amen to that. I wholeheartedly agree.

  • Trey P

    How about draft a Wr and Sighn Steve smith when hes released proly wouldnt cost much and hes lethal!!! Were drafting Van noy by the way since butler’s fiasco

    • Gunnar Martin

      Maybe it happens, but the Panthers would be stupid if they let Smith go.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i have loved steve smith for forever. i would love everything about that, but doubt it would happen

  • Nick Mansoor

    I like Roberts, but he just isn’t too consistant.I still think we should pick him up because he will develop well with us, we do have a much better Reciever Coach than Arizona does.

    • Marco

      Its easy to be inconsistent when youre playing with skelton, kolb, leinart, hall, hoyer, and andersen as your QBs

  • arnie

    This a great article Ernie. Looking at what he could bring to the table, it sounds like a great opportunity to bring in an experienced WR, at an affordable price, that is looking to prove himself and compete for more playing time. A guy like this really fills a lot of needs at the WR position and gives the Chargers more options.
    Worst case he’s the newest returner an allows Royal to take less hits, to stay healthy. Best case, he’s a better option than Royal or Brown, Royal becomes a cap casualty to help sign Butler.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i think tom telesco made a killing signing guys like this last year. danny woodhead and king dunlap were examples of players like this. They were young guys looking to prove something and will be looking to make a statement then make that money. he got them by signing them to 2-year deals and allowing them to get back to free agency one more time. might be the same type of deal.

  • jamfed

    Roberts was Arizona’s SLOT guy. in 2012, Andre played his best season as a pro, when OC Frank Reich was one of his coaches… (he was my sleeper fantasy football WR in 2012 and he did very well, so I’ve been eye-balling him for 2 year now, lol)… He’s very similar to Royal, but I believe injuries (and lack of practice reps) have wrecked Royal.
    I can honestly see Rivers recruiting Andre Robert and taking him to Rubio’s right now…

  • Alter Ego

    I hope the Bolts sign Eric Decker and Julian Edelman. They would be rock stars for us.
    Andre Roberts gives me the Robert Meachem chills.

  • Ernie Padaon

    Here is Andre Roberts thoughts on Frank Reich

  • John Bauer

    Gates; L Green, K Allen, DEFENCE is more of a priority !!!