Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) runs after making a catch and is tackled by San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) during the fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. San Diego won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Receivers That Fit The Chargers


So yesterday we went through the Nose Tackle position. Today were going to get into the receivers.

The Chargers are in a weird situation with their receiving corps. Malcolm Floyd might not return in 2014 and could possibly retire. Danario Alexander just recently had his billionth surgery on his knee (yes another one) and might not comeback due to injury. Eddie Royal might get cut if he doesn’t take a cut on his paycheck and Vincent Brown just isn’t living up to expectations. So that leaves us with Keenan Allen, Seyi Ajoritutu (primarily used for special teams), Lavelle Hawkins (He won’t be back), and newly acquired receiver from the CFL Dontelle Inman (he looks ok)

The Chargers are in luck, their is some pretty good receiving talent in this year’s free agency waters. Once again, I’m looking at players that are under the age of 29 and are also “Cheaper to keep her”. I’m also looking for players that can catch better than me, yes I was a “star receiver” for my high school a couple years ago. So names like Anquan Boldin, Julian Edelman and Jacoby Jones are already out of the picture. Yes they are talented, but they don’t meet my requirements. Here’s my picks heading into free agency:

Dexter McCluster (Kansas City Chiefs)

The kid is talented. Dexter was selected in the 2nd round in the 2010 Draft and he had been a pretty dynamic player for the Chiefs. He is VERY versitile. he played running back in college and was transferred to a receiver when he entered the NFL. He can easily replace Eddie Royal, if we were to let him go this offseason or anytime after that. He hasn’t had any serious injuries yet. It would be pretty sweet to see him line up in the slot with Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, Eddie Royal and Ladarius Green (Maybe Malcolm Floyd or Danario Alexander). Now that would be a sweet recieving corps.

Andrew Hawkins (Cincinnati Bengals)

This 27 year old speedster from Cincy would be a great addition to this offense. He has great hands, great vision and can BURN you on streak routes. He is also really good friends with Keenan Allen, so that connection could become our advantage on the field. He should come pretty cheap, since he does have injury concerns. But he would add that extra speed that Telesco is looking for in our offense.

Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans)

I know I will get dinged for this one. But hear me out. He is 25, and is an absolute STUD when he is healthy. I know he has had some issues off field, and health wise, but if he can change his ways, then I don’t see why he can’t be a part of this offense. He has great hands, and really great route running techniques and can slip away from defenders like butter on a knife. Signing Britt will be a win-lose situation, kind of like Alexander. So I would start with a 1 year contract just to test the waters. Low risk, high reward.

Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks)

I love this guy. He has great hands, great speed and is a very good red zone threat. He can man the slot or play as a wide out, and he is only 25. He can also play special teams as well, specifically as our kick returner. I don’t think Seattle is going to let him go. If they do, I’d schedule an interview with ASAP!

A lot of my other favorites just got signed, Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are a couple of names. I know there’s a lot of others, but I think they won’t be released by their teams and would eventually get resigned to a multi-year deal. Names like Eric Decker and Golden Tate are few of those players . Next article, we will cover our Cornerback potition and what soutions we have available to us in the Free Agency Market. Until then, Cheers!

 

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  • superboltsfan

    Kenny britt is a cancer but overall great list

  • BoltAZ

    Great list! Now if only Britt could get cleaned up a bit he would be a steal if the Chargers pick him up.

    Off subject, I can’t seem to get the nose tackle article to open or view in any browser.

    • Nick Mansoor

      That’s weird, it works fine in my browser. Try using Google Chrome or Safari. Or reset your browser.

    • Nick Mansoor

      Or download the Fansided app. You could pull it up their. I know it works their for sure.

      • Gunnar Martin

        *there. Sorry, Grammar Nazi here.

        • Nick Mansoor

          Haha no worries.

      • BoltAZ

        Found it! Thanks

        But I guess it was operator error (me). For some reason I was trying to open the link through FB. I should know better than that haha C’mon man!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Hawkins’ route running ability is extremely underrated. He’s not just a speedster that you send on streaks all day. He can really break some ankles and make professional corners look silly. If we do let Royal go, he’s at the top of my list.

    • Nick Mansoor

      I agree, he’s got the “Shakeys”!

    • Julien Bélair

      He is basically Royal with better returns

      • Gunnar Martin

        He is a little smaller, but he probably has higher upside.

  • tubbs45

    McCluster could help in multiple ways, though as a straight WR I would choose Britt (with a handler) or Baldwin. McCluster is wicked fast…

    • Derek

      I think you guys are overestimating his route running ability. Chiefs are looking for a wr so I’m sure they have given him a shot. He’s a Cordelle Patterson he can excel in plays designed to give him blockers and space. Besides that he’s a returner. I dono if it’s recognizing coverage or needs work on his route tree but I’m sure he’s no royal replacement

      • Nick Mansoor

        We have one of the best recieving coaches in the NFL. McCluster would develop very well in our offense, even better than he did with the Chiefs.

        • Derek

          I think think his ability is simmilar to Matthews. Dexter isn’t new so I doubt he will take a huge step forward like a sophomore yr. he might get it right in practice but not be dependable to put in the slot on gameday. He has to see what rivers sees and run like gates or sproles. I think at this point if he hasn’t shown that he doesn’t have it. Nfl coaches don’t teach at that level they refine and evaluate. That’s y tebow became a lost cause. He had arm strength and mobility just needed to be taught accuracy and reading coverage under pressure.

          • arnie

            No. KC just has no Qb that can throw the routes Rivers can. Context. ;)

          • Derek

            That is true. I still remember that yr rivers was leading the league with guys aj picked up the day before off the st. Compared to Alex who wasted 2-3 yrs of crabtrees career

          • Julien Bélair

            That was awesome! to me it was his best career year

          • Derek

            Still I’d pay him only in the ball park of the highest paid returner and let him battle a draft pick for the slot position

          • Julien Bélair

            Sounds good

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Look at King Dunlap or Danario Alexander when he was healthy.
    The Chargers are one of those teams that can bring the best out of a player.

    Kenny Britt by far.

    • Derek

      Cox? Gaither? It’ll be a gamble, I’d be willing to risk a modest 1 yr or dirt cheap incentive laced 2 yr deal

  • lilHurricane

    I like Kenny Britt, even through I don’t know what was going on in his head last year. If he can get back on point Rivers should make him great. Only if we get him for a reasonable price.

    • arnie

      Losing is a disease, as contagious as the plague…

  • Julien Bélair

    Bring mccluster in SD

  • Dave

    Sidney Rice???

    • Nick Mansoor

      He is overpayed and not good. If you want to spend 8.5 million on a guy who plays worse than Eddie Royal, be my guest. I don’t think TT has any interest in him

      • Gunnar Martin

        Nick, he’s not gonna get paid anywhere near 8.5 million again. He’s not the worst player in the world, so a tryout wouldn’t be a bad idea. My issue with him is his injury history. I’m so sick of getting players that can never get on the field in the first place.

        • Nick Mansoor

          I agree. I still don’t like his level of play honestly. I really do think I can outplay him lol

          • Gunnar Martin

            ….There is a reason why he got that big contract in the first place… Although, it has been so long since he’s been healthy I forgot how he played. lol

          • Nick Mansoor

            He looked good when he played for the Vikings, but ever since then…. Not too good looking

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Meh

    • arnie

      Dave? Our WR corps looks like M.A.S.H unit already. Can that guy roll out bed without getting injured?

    • Dave

      Yeah, because everybody else on that list has been productive, not…Britt is a cancer, Dexter McCluster has played most of his time on special teams. Andrew Hawkins, no comment. We are okay with bringing injury prone Floyd and Alexander back, signing Sidney Rice would be a low risk because he will not be demanding a lot of money.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Eddy Royal is going to make $4.5 million this year (2014) if he stays with the Chargers. Hmmmm. And not the same position, but Cox is going to make $4.25 million if he stays or no contract revision is possible.

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

      I think we save 4.5 but he gets paid 6. Haven’t looked myself, but people keep saying that on here. Somebody’s gotta go, that’s for sure (cough cough Whitehurst / McClain / Clary).

      • lilHurricane

        Good thing we don’t have to worry bout Charlie

      • Julien Bélair

        those are the obvious one

  • Marco

    I would like to see us sign Hawkins and Andre Roberts from the cardinals. They would be pretty cheap to bring in and Kenny Britt would be great too, Rivers used to love throwing it up for his big receivers to go up and make a play(ie. Chambers, Jackson, Floyd, Nannee) even did that a bit with Green last year. that would definitely help in the red zone.

    • Derek

      Roberts deserves $ he was a good # 2 Floyd is just younger. Hawkins would be great too. Then we could focus on defense via draft

    • Julien Bélair

      I would love to have Roberts and Hawkins on our team but what can be better is to sign Joseph then sign Rinehart and another good G with the money you have.

      Then go 2 CB and 2 Wr in the draft

  • Sergio Quintero

    Take Baldwin off the list, he’s a restricted free agent probably will get a 2nd round tender, can’t see the chargers giving up that much for him.

    His teammate Golden Tate might be a better option, yes he’s more expensive but no draft pick compensation.

  • rell dogg

    I think we should sign Hawkins golden Tate or Kinney Britt