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
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!