Chargers could look for veteran receiver help

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Last week, the Chargers lost starting receiver Danario Alexander for the season with a torn ACL.  This week, the other starter at the position — Malcom Floyd — injured a knee and could miss Week One of the regular season.

So what will the Chargers do?

The options are simple:  (1) rely on other guys on the roster to step up; (2) wait for other teams to cut players; (3) swing a trade; or (4) sign a veteran currently on the market.

As to the last possibility, the cupboard is largely bare.  Choices include Brandon Lloyd, Laurent Robinson, Terrell Owens, and Chad Johnson.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego believes the Chargers should pursue veteran help, and he discussed the situation in an entertaining visit to Tuesday’s PFT Live.

33 responses to “Chargers could look for veteran receiver help

  1. Trade for Nate Burleson, he’s the cheapest vet you can acquire and the Lions have fat numbers at WR they need to move bodies to make room for others. Nice trade partner match.

  2. I think Brandon Lloyd could be a good option. Ideally, I would love to see them make a trade for a true wr1/wr2. They are riding unproven, injured, or overpaid guys at WR.

  3. Laurent Robinson had an awesome preseason with the Chargers and was one of the last cuts the same year that he broke out with the Cowboys. He would seem to make the most sense here if he can show that he is healthy and past the concussions.

  4. Brandon Lloyd makes sense since Mike McCoy would’ve been familiar with him during the McDaniels years when McCoy was the offensive coordinater – during which Lloyd had the best years of his career

  5. nfl4days:

    I think he has generally been an overrated player for most of his career, especially when you consider the intangibles. There are a lot of young and exciting prospects that have potentially a great future in this league and every team is being wise to give up the spot Lloyd could be taking to one of them. He’s no spring chicken either. Just not much of a reliable weapon, so it’s better to go with somebody cheaper, younger, and with real upside.

    Not to mention ALL of the WRs who are going to get cut in the near future. Brandon can’t get a job to make the 90 for all of these teams, how is he going to make the 53? No way, there will always be a huge list of WRs that deserve a shot ahead of him. Unless he’s in some kind of phenomenal condition that he can show off and is willing to take the absolute minimum pay. I just don’t see much opportunity for him in the NFL any longer.

  6. lionsmark09:

    Oh I totally agree with your prediction that the Lions won’t trade him. There’s probably not a GM in the league that loves him more than Mayhew. So I’m with you on that and you are right the Lions need as many leaders as they can get! Although I still want the trade to happen because I think it’s the right move for the Lions, I just disagree with our GM’s strategy there. We have a logjam at WR and are going to have to cut somebody reasonably decent. So if not Burleson then fine trade the rookie Fuller or the very inexperienced Broyles. Or trade them Scheffler if they want a TE receiving threat. I picked Burleson because that’s what I hear the team asking for, a reliable veteran and like you said Burleson is a good leader. I’d think they would want him.

    Although if I’m recommending to San Diego I would say go with a young prospect instead of a veteran, so I’m merely eager to deal them Burleson if they want to help the Lions get something that I want.

  7. Rank:

    1. Laurent Robinson
    2. Terrell Owens
    3. Brandon Lloyd
    4. Chad Johnson

    Lloyd is #3 because he’s only been a 3-time front runner and underachiever everywhere else.

    Johnson is #4 because he threw his talent away.

    Robinson fits well because he’s a productive #3 WR and showed that with his 10 TDs in 2011. He just needs to be healthy.

  8. The Saints have some hot competition at WR right now. If the Chargers wait a few weeks, they could pick up some talent when the teams start cutting down the rosters.

  9. Terrell Owens is better than Lloyd because Owens is productive everywhere he goes. He couldn’t show regular season productiveness because his preseason tryout was just one bit worse than Braylon Edwards, but he has the speed to still play.

    Owens was an underrated movable chess piece throughout his career and Lloyd lacks too much heart. Go ask Lloyd’s past coaches not named Josh McDaniels.

  10. Go with what we have at WR. Deploy a lot of two TE sets, where we have depth, for the momemt, and wait for M80 to come back in week one or two.

    Acee is an ice hole no nothing who can never be believed or trusted!

  11. Seems like Brandon Lloyd’s personality would fit better with McCoy and Whisenhunt rather than the flamboyant antics of TO or Chad Johnson. It’s unfortunate that talents like TO and Johnson have sacrificed their careers to off field issues but it’s possible they may now be mature enough to value playing ball over the spotlight of celebrity and could be picked up cheap. With upcoming cuts, I’m sure there willl be plenty of talent to choose from.

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