Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) is defended by Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams (28) and linebacker Kevin Burnett (94) at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Raiders 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Hunting for Help at Wide Receiver


Based off of all the rumors coming from free agency, the San Diego Chargers are looking to add a top receiver to start opposite of Keenan Allen. Steve Smith’s name has been swirling around here. Hakeem Nicks’s name has been swirling around. Andre Roberts said that the Chargers showed interest in him. The team is looking for help out at wide receiver.

If the Chargers are unable to add a veteran wide receiver through free agency, they will likely look toward the draft to get the help that they are looking for. This season’s draft is full of talent at the wide receiver position and there should be plenty of good wide receivers when the Chargers select in the first or second round.

The team’s strength is on offense. The team’s best defense has been the offense. If Tom Telesco wants to build off of that model that he had in Indianapolis, then he will want to find another threat at the receiver position to give his best player, Philip Rivers, more weapons to work with. Indianapolis had Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison for a number of years. The Chargers have Keenan Allen and….

If the team is looking for a long-term answer, they would look at Hakeem Nicks or one of those wide receivers in the draft. If the team went after Steve Smith, they likely will still take a receiver later in the draft.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • Sergio Quintero

    Hunting is an optimistic and proactive word, would like to upgrade seem more appropriate, how much are they actively trying is very much in question.

  • esco charger

    NT and CB still a more pressing need secondary might be the same or even worse everyone is talking about the draft but not all players from the draft pan out thats why we need to create competition and sign capable players but I also understand are cap situation.draft should go nix first van noy second dessir third release freeney English and mouton save money

    • kris

      Keep Freeney and I agree. Release Clary instead then sign ohrnberger and plug him at rg.

      • Calman21

        Clary might still be here because he is a locker room favorite. But I really can’t seem him being retained at his current pay, way too high for a mediocre guard.

      • gpack17

        i like most of this except i didnt like ohrnberger at guard..thought he played better at center…like troutman tho..didnt play too bad for his first year..

    • Derek

      Something tells me nix won’t be the top nt by mid season even among his rookie counterparts. I want nix but not at 25 I say go fuller or verret first trade up for van noy, and trade up for Daquan jones in 2nd grab a wr 3rd.

      • esco charger

        At this point which I think is gona happen I think we will come to terms with cody maybe a one year prove it deal this conerback class is so deep that I dont think we will go coner with our first if not nix we go for ford or ealy pass rush always helps corners and we need that pressure on manning u know what happens when u pressure manning

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

          ^THIS would not be as bad as people are making it out to be. I honestly believe that he could come in, and be the Dunlap of the defense.. cheap, young, and dominant.

          • esco charger

            I hope we do go with cody

          • Diegoblue

            Any talks of Cody?

          • Sergio Quintero

            Is Cody better than Lissemore, the version of Cody in Alabama was, the current version I don’t know?

          • Diegoblue

            Maybe a change of scenery can get him back to the Bama version… Im not sure how many opportunities he had behind Nagta

          • JoseSD

            I think Cody would come cheap but its different from Dunlap situation. In Philly he played RT and protected the blind side for left handed Vick who was always scrambling and you never knew where he would be. He did better here because of the quick and short passing game they switched to and moved to the left side protecting a pocket passer like Philip. But with Cody he was already playing Nose in a 3-4, he’d basically be doing the same here as he was at Baltimore and he has been very disappointing so far. But if he can be half of what Jamal Williams was itd be a vast improvement over Thomas, a man his size shouldn’t be pushed around so much. If they get Mount Cody for cheap and he can just plug the middle holding off double blocks id be happy

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

            I want necessarily saying hee is in the same situation… just that he could potentially be a genius signing like Dunlap that everyone thought wasn’t that great. I read a couple articles that some guys that cover the Baltimore ravens wrote. They said that he actually played OK in 2013, bit was struggling with a sprained knee. The game I watched on Monday night he did well, and Gruden was even saying he would be a steal in FA.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        Nix has a chance to be special.

        I have some other players in mind, but would love Nix at #25

        • Stefanie Smith

          Do you know who they were featuring on NFL Network last night–the guy(in the draft) they are all raving about at WR.. man, he was good. They are all saying he will be a difference maker for years to come.

          I wish I could remember his name. He is real stinking good. Do you know who it is?

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            nope

      • pantaloon

        Absolutely… best post I’ve seen. Nix is an average NT (certainly not worth a 1st rd. pick), but Daquan is a beast: great motor, feet, size, strength… highly underrated. Just watch his youtube highlights against Syracuse and Michigan. Go Fuller or Verret in the 1st (sorry, Van Noy a 4-3 OLB), get Daquan, and go big stretch receiver in 3rd. Boom

        • Gunnar Martin

          If you think Van Noy is limited to just being a 4-3 outside linebacker, then you are sadly mistaken.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            super sadly

        • Sergio Quintero

          Check his stats and tape from 2012, when they used more as a pass rusher had something like 14 sacks.

        • Brandon

          Dude I live in Utah and have watched van noy play in practice games and regular season games and he would make a great 3-4 OLB. He is a pure athlete and his speed alone is crazy off the line. This guy will be pro bowl caliber for years to come!!

      • esco charger

        Thats a lot of draft picks u have to do away with moving up cost I would say stay put and see what options u have this is a deep draft in multiple positions

    • Sergio Quintero

      TT the biggest Colt lover of them all ain’t releasing Freeney, I would he wont.

      • esco charger

        If we get a pass rusher and release freeney not only do we save money and get younger at the position but can sign another player to address the weakness on this D we can go in any direction but with this current roster I dont see a championship team to many injury prone players and it hurts to say it

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          The way Freeney was applying pressure last season and the fact he’s a Colt and a living legend will most likely mean he is coming back. I personally want him back and want to see him and Ingram play together

          • esco charger

            I dont think he has alot left to be honest he is getting old if we are doing a youth movement why not start now I mean we did go to the playoffs without him how valuable is he enough to pay him what we are paying him or a younger hungrier player thats gona grow with the team and at a way cheaper price

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Ya well he wasn’t exactly getting sacks but his pressures had QB’s moving or running the other way but we had no Ingram on the other side to make them pay for that. Really want to see that at some point.

          • esco charger

            Pressure is nice but I dont want pressure I want sacks production being able to stay on the field your going off what he used to do not what he can do for us now he will get injured again then what he still gets his money and thats that

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            You missed my point

          • esco charger

            Which is what ??? U want to pay a 34 year old pass rusher who is probably lost a step or two who cant stay healthy or actually use the money for players that are gona be on the field helping us win a championship

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Oi, Dude Freeney’s ability to make the QB get out of the pocket or start moving towards the other side could do wonders for Ingram. It could be the difference of Ingram having 7 sacks or having 15 sacks, then the reverse applies as well ingram getting the QB to scramble Freeney’s way would get his sack numbers up big time. It’s going to work out.

          • esco charger

            I hope so because he might be on the team im just hoping he stays healthy first then we will see what he does

          • Gunnar Martin

            Totally agree with you Blanks

  • tubbs45

    Surprised there has been no attempt to get Ohrnberger signed yet. I know the two side are talking, but he is vital to sign, if even just for negotiation leverage. I also had read a rumor that the Bolt contacted Edelman, doesnt seem to make sense to me, but interesting. twitter is so blast with garbage it is difficult to sift through the ‘real’, manufactured, and the intentionally deceptive stories…

    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/dragon_vs_baby.gif

    • Sergio Quintero

      At this point I will take a plug/play starter in a position of need, even if it a WR. The non urgency towards NT is baffling to me.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        The Vikings NT Williams is the only viable option other then Wilfork but I doubt we get him. I’m very curious what is going on with that too. They did this last year where NT wasn’t a priority then Plug in Cam and he blew. I guess they must really like Lissemore, if that’s the case maybe they aren’t even looking for one? Who knows

    • Sergio Quintero

      Your soul is Mine!!!

    • Gunnar Martin

      I feel like your GIFs just get better every time

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Donald Butler wants Vince Wilfork.

      I hope we get him.

      • Brandon

        I doubt we will. TT is staying true to his word so far and we will be drafting and rebuilding with new young players. We need it. A fresh start. It will take a few years I’m sure but it will pay in the long run.

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          You don’t rebuild after going to the divisional round of the playoffs, you get better!!
          Wilfork would make us better, and Donald Butler agrees.

          • Brandon

            I’m not disagreeing with you on that but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who thinks what. In TT we trust and he has his own plans in place. I highly doubt he will sign a 36 year old DT.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            You can trust in TT all you want, but I highly doubt he fixes all the holes we have through the draft. Eventually he’s going to have to sign someone of significance that can help right away.

            And he’s actually 32.

          • Brandon

            Yes he is 32 my bad. But last I checked he is still a patriot and had a terrible injury last year. Smith on the other hand is worth the risk. But TT said he wants to build through the draft I’m just quoting what he said. And I’m sure we will sign some players that are older.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Steelers signed Thomas. I’m glad he’s gone but curious what they are going to do.

    • tubbs45

      Cam Thomas… thanks AJ…

    • Sergio Quintero

      Lissemore clearly outplayed the guy, so good luck with the Steelers. Glad the chargers don’t have him to fallback on, we already saw that he shouldn’t start.

  • Julien Bélair

    We need Nicks if we want to adress our other issues in the draft… If we don’t then wr is a very big need

  • KLB808

    HESTER for PR. We were the worst at returning kicks. Just a thought.

    • Sergio Quintero

      they need someone better than what they had as train wreck in both punts and kickoffs, the actual solution will probably be less exciting, Acee mentioned a RB they like a lot from Utah St. from their practice squad.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Kerwynn Williams

    • Brandon

      Hester will come with a hefty price tag just on his name alone. We don’t need another small WR and we sure can’t pay him just to return punts and kicks! Plus he has lost a lil pep in his step.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I don’t think he will, he can’t do anything besides kick return. Your paying a full time special teamer big money? nope

    • tubbs45

      Hahahaha I thought you were refering to Jacob Hester when I first read this…

      • Brandon

        LOL….that’s funny

  • Stefanie Smith

    Wish we could get that Sammy Watkins in the draft at WR. He already is really good.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Maybe my favorite player from the draft, man against boys vs. Ohio st, probably 2nd to Khalil Mack. At least one of Lee/Beckham/Cooks will be available at 25, would you take any of them?

      • Diegoblue

        I would take Lee at the 25 spot .. Beckham still have nightmares of the last LSU wr we got in the 1st round .. Cooks maybe nice 40 speed and very productive in college

        • Sergio Quintero

          I loved the “who they did pick look” Kiper gave when they drafted Davis, it was priceless.

          • Diegoblue

            Yeah I remember that look I think they gave it Larry English as well

          • Sergio Quintero

            My all time favorite look, was when the Raiders a no name Safety who ran super fast, in the 2nd round and Mayock just couldn’t hide the comedy of the Raiders obsession.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Mouton. Can’t forget him.

    • Julien Bélair

      I prefer Evans with our Qb

      • Sergio Quintero

        Either sounds like fantasy, they both would be pretty awesome for this offense, with so many short passes I think Watkins would be a monster in this offense, plus his speed would push the safeties back, but both would me major assets.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Yes, Sergio. It is a pipe dream.

  • Julien Bélair

    Nicks is about to sing with colts

    • Sergio Quintero

      Sorry to hear that, once I heard he was visiting the Colts I lowered my expectations.

      • Julien Bélair

        I know I just thought….that…… ok I was delusional

        • Sergio Quintero

          We are all fans here, slightly delusional is cool from all of us.

    • Diegoblue

      Figured that much.. once he said he was visiting the Colts they wouldn’t let him leave without signing .. Im sure they gave him more than one year.. Don’t think we would have done that

  • Padraigh Keogh

    Cam Thomas signs for Steelers on a two year deal.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Steve Smith is a Raven, cross him off the list.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      The list is starting to get short lol

      • Sergio Quintero

        2 things I didn’t think would happen, that looks like they might:
        Starting at NT Lissemore, WR Vincent Brown.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          Nooooooo VB can’t cut it as the 3 guy man, he shouldn’t even really be given another chance at #2, he deff. didn’t earn it.

          • Sergio Quintero

            I’m really hoping Floyd can come back, if JerMichael Finley can play again I believe there is reason to be hopeful.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Not signing a WR is it:
    A. vote of confidence towards Vincent Brown
    B. Malcom Floyd is returning
    C. They can’t or wont spend money?

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Maybe the guy from the CFL is such a beast they don’t even care, wish the CFL’s sorry ass could at least make highlight videos of their top players, they are stuck in 80′s when it comes to game tape.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Because you asked here it comes directly from Dontrelle Inman’s own youtube page:

        The QB who is throwing him the ball has a pop gun for an arm.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          huh, thanks for that. Question, is their field like 10 yards wider then the NFL? He really didn’t do anything too impressive in the video but he looks fast.

          • Sergio Quintero

            He’s faster than Brown, wouldn’t shock me that he gets ahead of him on the depth chart.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Watched the 2nd half of that just now it got better, really weird seeing guys line up 8 yards back on offense and make a full sprint to the line before the ball is snapped lol. Do they just need 1 foot in bounds in Canada for a Td? He made some nice grabs, doesn’t look shy over the middle getting nailed on quite a few hits. Like you said his QB had alittle softball slow pitch arm lol. He will love PR

          • Sergio Quintero

            I’m guessing he didn’t have even better stats because his QB just couldn’t get him the ball, I checked the leading WR for the team was some slot WR from Hawaii.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Imagine how many false starts would happen if you could get a 10 yard sprint at the line and then have to time the exact second the ball is snapped. lol kinda cool though

        • 619chargers4life

          Sweet

        • Gunnar Martin

          Reminds me a lot of Tutu.

          • Stefanie Smith

            I think Ajirotutu is great and Rivers likes him. Seems like they work well together. I really don’t know why they won’t just sign him.

        • tubbs45

          Judging from that video:
          1.Our defense could be worse
          2. Receivers get a running start is bizzaro
          3. I was more impressed with the Qbs accuracy than anything.
          4. That end zone looks like a whole little league baseball field. It HUGE…

        • FitzWilly

          very nice
          we do have a unique league up here :)
          was i the only one that noticed the LT td celebration at 00:50
          it’s almost like he knew he would be a Bolt lol
          GOOOOOOO CAN DIEGO CHARGERS

        • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

          Thanks for sharing that Sergio! It goes to show what many of us don’t know… Let’s hope this guy plays like his videos show for SD…at the least, it’ll spark competition

      • 619chargers4life

        I know right !!!

      • FitzWilly

        can’t disagree with that
        the CFL ain’t what it used to be
        most players have part-time jobs at the Home Depot
        during the off-season lol

    • Stefanie Smith

      Sergio: It may be all three—but a big part for many, many, many years is C–and they won’t. This is not Telesco’s problem. The Spanos family has always been like this.

  • blu3ny3llow

    Steve Smith signs with Ravens…can we finally let that go!!!

  • Brandon

    Well smith just signed a 3 year deal with the ravens. Damn it!!

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Serg hooked that info 20 mins ago, scroll around a bit brotha

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Steve Smith said he had an offer from the Chargers. Redskins wanted him to visit. Seattle very interested, too – Michael Gehlken

    • chingri

      Uugff! Little frustrated here. Conner for ILB depth, good. Ghee for CB depth, low risk, potential high reward move. Johnson for blocking, great, needed it. Brown for Backup RB, I can dig it, guess we’re pounding it and let the passing game feed off the running. But where the hell is our true NT??? And a true #2 WR with deep speed that can stretch that D?! And a true #1 CB???
      And what the hell are Clary and English doing here?!? Denver already moved to fix their greatest holes. I’m sure we could’ve addressed at least 2 of the abovementioned needs. I’m NOT comfortable drafting based on need Telesco!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    My in depth scouting report of drafting Nix at #25:

  • Preston Niedert

    WR nicks landed in Indy about two hours ago. Any chance the chargers can talk him into coming to San Diego and signing?

  • Iam_lax

    I love Kenny Britt!! Bit of a head case but is very determined to be a #1 this year. I say bring him on a 2 year deal with a option in the second year and pair him with Keenan Allen.. Get him before the rams do!

    • BoltAZ

      The kid just needs leadership and I believe SD can turn him around. He’s very talented and a force to be reckon with if we can line him up opposite of Keenan. Should be considered plus he’s young and should be affordable too.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    hakeem nicks signs with colts

    • Preston Niedert

      Any Chance the chargers sign Edlmen or sanders or James jones. We still need to sign a Veteran NT.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        I rather take a WR through the draft now.

        A lot of teams got better, Chargers not one of them.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Agreed. When I express that sentiment, I get annihilated. We’re supposed to jump for joy.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            The truth hurts sometimes.

      • Stefanie Smith

        James Jones would be good. But I am partial because I like his personality. He seems nice. lol

  • afroamongfew

    Yeah, Kelvin Benjamin raises some severe red flags in terms of how raw he is as a receiver. I’d pass. There are some #2 WR-capable guys later on in the draft, like Paul Richardson out of Colorado or Bruce Ellington out of South Carolina that could work.

  • Julien Bélair

    Ok i’m pissed…

  • Nick Mansoor

    Aaaaaaand their goes Nicks to the Colts. Maybe Telesco will pick him up after being a Colt.

    • Stefanie Smith

      3.5 mill – one year. We couldn’t at least match or beat that? How much do the Chargers want to pay? Steve Smith got a longer and bigger deal with the Ravens, I think. $12 mill over 3 years. Heck, we darn near gave that to Derek Cox.

  • RZ

    I’m just happy to be alive…GO BOLTZ!! No matter what the hell happens!!

    • Julien Bélair

      love the optimism

      • RZ

        I’ve got to be bud..can’t waste my time being negative. Learned awhile back that I can’t get too upset over things I can’t control.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Do you worry about stuff? I am not being facetious here. I am the biggest worry wart. I get myself all bent out of shape before anything bad even happens.

        • Julien Bélair

          Let’s just not forget about Butler and Rinehart…. great re sign there

          • Stefanie Smith

            Yes, that was.

          • RZ

            Definitely…and Stuckey..

          • Julien Bélair

            yaaaaaa great re sign let’s be happy about that

  • Julien Bélair

    I’m a bit divastated …… I really REALLY thought we would have sing a starting Cb OR a starting Wr

    • Stefanie Smith

      I’m burned out with it, Julien and yeah, disappointed. After my ranting yesterday, I turned my computer off. When I went to turn it on today, it would not start up. Just went to the black screen. Had to reformat, reinstall everything. Just glad I did not lose all my documents.

      Yeah, I am getting burned out with this process. And I worry a lot. Everyone is in the arms race gearing up. And we really aren’t doing anything.

      • Julien Bélair

        I’m glad you didn’t loose anything.

        Well we kept the core of the team and we were good last year !

        See Butler and Rinehart as FA pick up which I think they are then you will feel better about the last few days

        • Stefanie Smith

          The Pats are going to kill us with Browner and Revis. At least they are back there. Broncos are getting people that could hurt Rivers. If Ware tries to show off, we have trouble. We have to do something to scare them back. I mean it. Even the Raiders are starting to look ugly.

          • Julien Bélair

            I’m maybe homer for saying this but I think Allen can beat both of them for at least 6-8 catches a game.
            Our offence will be fine and Rivers too I don’t worry too much about that.

            The defence could be fine… it will depends on the draft….

          • Stefanie Smith

            Good chance Allen gets past Revis. I love Revis, but I think he has lost a little, maybe not. But Talib and Browner are deadly. Talib less so than Browner. Browner, the ex Seahawk, plays to hurt people. They are like that over on the Seahawks. There are players that try to literally take people out of the game… like the guy that darn near killed Malcolm Floyd.

          • Julien Bélair

            I think Browner will have absolutely no answer to stop Allen. He rely on bumping receiver at the line and Allen is one of the top receiver against press

          • Stefanie Smith

            I hope so.

          • Joel Ayala

            Definitely wanted Browner :(

          • RZ

            Steph…remind me not to call you if there ever is a Zombie Apocalypse… ;-)

          • Julien Bélair

            Haha loved it

          • Joel Ayala

            Run game will slow any pass rush Steph. Ball control like we did last year. Our Offense is gonna be our best D. Our Oline is intact and we will sign Orenburger soon enough I believe. Plus maybe draft Oline as well. I’m not worried too much. Cuz it might be all D we draft. Besides a WR.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’m devastated on not getting a NT, the draft is so poor at that position I was certain they would sign a plug and play NT, to solidify the Dline.

      • Julien Bélair

        yeah me too buddy

      • tubbs45

        I’m still optimistic, but damn the options are dwindling…

  • Julien Bélair
  • 619chargers4life

    Were fine , nobody go jump off a bridge now !

    • Julien Bélair

      Tomorrow then :p i’m kidding we are going to kick asses

      • 619chargers4life

        Indeed !

  • Rob Base

    So I’m on here late again lol. Feel like I’ve been neglecting my favorite Bolt site. This new job is crazy busy and it’s hard to comment on articles on the clock. I sneak on twitter here and there. Wonder if Telesco is going to free up some more cap or is free agency done at this point. The holes that Bolts have will be addressed in the draft. Wilfork would be sweet I saw Butler talking about it. Still a few WR out there. Either way I do like the depth that has been signed especIally with limited cap space. Bravo Telesco!

  • Preston Niedert

    If vince wilfork is released should the chargers sign him? Edelman would be a nice pick and could be a mini Wes welker for the chargers lol.

    • Sergio Quintero

      If the question if they should try to bring in Wilfork or Edelman, then yes, will they, no, I’m pretty sure they are pretty much done for free agency.

      At best they sign some lower tier NT might be brought in, say a Pickett, Sims, Sopoaga.

      • Julien Bélair

        Franklin still out there

        • Derek

          We’ll prob keep some $ to the side if lissemore n who we draft don’t hold up. I can see us callin him 3 games in

    • Derek

      Edelman is more of what we expected Vincent brown to be. Welker was quicker. He could make a good number. 2 wr but I’d rather go draft. He didn’t do to well outside and that’s what we need we’d have to pay him and hope he becomes a #2 in a yr or 2 or we could draft a guy with more potential

  • arnie

    Well on the upside, TT did offer Steve Smitha contract

    • Julien Bélair

      and probably at the right price….but the Ravens chose to overpay for him ( he didn’t have a 100 yards game last year)

      • arnie

        You betcha’. it was a “good fit”
        $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Bill Nichols

    In TT I trust….. He hasn’t *ucked us yet has he?? Hell no, that man has a serious plan, and he ain’t no dummy, like AJ n Co. Keep the faith people, we aren’t done yet. Bolts !!