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
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.