Chargers sign familiar face: Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Dontrelle Inman
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Dontrelle Inman /

Dontrelle Inman has returned to the Chargers, a few seasons removed from spending the first three years of his career in San Diego.

The Chargers make a move to bolster their wide receiver corps, and this time, it’s with a familiar face. Dontrelle Inman will now be in Los Angeles, back with Philip Rivers and the crew. This is a good signing for the Chargers, and Inman will likely be a part of replacing Tyrell Williams.

In 2014, Inman played seven games for the San Diego Chargers, targeted 17 times for 158 receiving yards on 12 receptions, which averaged out to 13.2 yards per reception.

In 2015, Inman was featured in 14 games, seeing an uptick in targets with 63. He had 35 receptions, which resulted in 486 yards, averaging 13.9 yards per catch. He also added three touchdowns.

In 2016, Inman played in all 16 games. He was targeted 97 times, caught 58 of the passes, which resulted in 810 receiving yards. He had an impressive career-high in yards per catch (14.0) as well as four touchdowns.

Inman’s best years were with the Chargers. Now, Rivers gets another option to work with at receiver, a unit that features Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin. How he fits in with Geremy Davis and Artavis Scott also fighting for a spot remains to be seen.

The Chargers are not known as the team to go out and spend millions of dollars on star players; rather, they build their team through the draft. But this is a perfect low-risk signing of a familiar player who was moved from the team in a trade to Chicago for a seventh-round selection.

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Rivers was able to persuade Inman into signing with the Chargers, instead of the Jets. It was a smart decision by Inman, and a good signing by the Chargers. Let’s see how much Inman provides at wide receiver in the coming weeks, as the Chargers look to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.