RFA Danario Alexander to remain in San Diego
The San Diego Chargers had to decide between placing a first-round tender worth $2.879 million, a second-round tender at $2.023 million, or otherwise. But after assessing their limited cap, the San Diego Chargers opted to go with a $1.323 tender, meaning they won’t receive a compensatory draft pick if another team stole Danario Alexander.
Until Friday’s deadline, 31 NFL teams had the opportunity sign Danario Alexander to an offer sheet. But Danario Alexander’s agent confirmed later on Saturday that none of the other league teams contacted the San Diego Chargers regarding the restricted free agent.
Despite the discounted price Danario Alexander never drew serious interest from other teams during free agency possibly due to his history of injury. The 24-year-old Danario Alexander has undergone five surgeries to his right knee to-date.
However, the 6-foot-5 Danario Alexander was frequently targeted by quarterback Philip Rivers since signing with the San Diego Chargers midway into the 2012 season. Danario Alexander caught 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns over the final nine games last season. Now, imagine his production after building stronger chemistry with Philip Rivers following offseason workouts.
During days leading up to the restricted free agent deadline, Danario Alexander still maintained a good relationship with the San Diego Chargers and even participated in team’s voluntary minicamp this week.
Now, after his final year in San Diego, Danario Alexander is set to become a unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013 season, and could use the time to elevate his level of interest for next free agency.