With Eddie Royal now signed as a member of the Chicago Bears, the Chargers could look to free agency to fill the void. Although Eddie Royal played in the slot, San Diego could in fact bring in a big bodied outside receiver and slide Keenan Allen inside. After coming up short in the Andre Johnson sweepstakes, the team still has a fairly solid market of receivers to evaluate. If they prefer to invest in free agency versus the draft, here are a couple of intriguing veteran options to bolster the Chargers passing attack.
Oct 19, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) makes a fourth quarter catch while defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Marshall (31) at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Dwayne Bowe : 6’2″, 221 lbs
The former Chief could add a physical presence on the outside, allowing Keenan Allen to thrive on underneath routes. Bowe has not hit the 1,000 yard mark in the past three seasons, but that could be largely accredited to Alex Smith’s game low risk quarterback play. Bowe made use of his targets by reeling in 66.7%. In comparison, that’s just below the 67.1% completion percentage of the dynamic Aaron Rodgers /Jordy Nelson duo. He is 30 years old, but a move within the division and a smart veteran quarterback could be just what he needs to revive his career.
Estimated contract: 2 years – $10 million.
Dec 7, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) is unable to control the pass against Oakland Raiders defensive back Chimdi Chekwa (35) during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Stevie Johnson : 6’2″, 207 lbs
Johnson put up 1,000 yard seasons in three consecutive years before being underutilized and then cast out of Buffalo. He then was traded to the 49ers last season and played a rotational role. In limited action, he caught 71.4% of passes thrown his way with a yards per catch average comparable to Eddie Royal and Percy Harvin. Although not an elusive speedster, he would add a consistent pair of hands and is very reliable on third down. At age 28, he has plenty left in the tank and could be a legitimate number two receiver on any team he signs with.
Estimated contract : 3 years – $12.5 million.
Sep 28, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) scores a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Levi