It just occurred to me. The Charger's WR core could look entirely different after free agency pans out.
Currently our core looks like this (feel free to add anybody I miss)
1. VJax (franchise tag)
3. Craig "Buster" Davis (signed)
4. Patrick Crayton (signed)
5. Seyi Ajirotutu (signed)
6. Vincint Brown (drafted)
7. Legadu Naanee (UFA)
8-11 (practice squad)
After the jump, I'll talk about the worst case scenario and the possible moves AJ could make.
If worst came to worst;b
M80- could be signed to a team looking for a deep vertical threat (most of the same list as VJ)
Naanee- had a run in with the law. and was not offer a tender, so he will be let go.
So that leaves us with:
CBD, Crayton, Tutu and VJr
CBD- This guys development into consist player quite possibly could be the key to the door that the Charger's have been waiting, but he is still developing., he is not number 1 receiver yet.
Crayton- is a veteran with plenty of experience to be a leader, but non of the physical attributes to be a number 1 in our system.
Tutu- is undersized and is likely to fill the slot position after crayton
VJr- could a number 1 in the future. But will take some time.
a 2012 1st pick and a 2012 5th or 6th round compensatory pick
If this is the case, who is realistically going be there for trade/free agency.
Steve Smith- a lot of rumors is floating around that he should come to San Diego. I am not against the trade. But he is another undersized slot receiver when we will need a number one. This would be a trade that would be well worth making, if we can keep both VJax and M80.
Randy Moss- this would be the one guys that I would want for no more than 2 years. He fits our offense and is looking to prove something. If he can be the Randy Moss we saw when he first came the Patriot, he can be a big threat. He also can help the Chargers beat teams he with whom he is really familiar. e.i. the Patriots and the Jets
TO- he yet to show that he fit with in a system. Never-mind fitting in a looker.
Chad Ochocinco- If he can fit in to the system and stay quite enough for AJ(and maybe change his name to ochinticinco,) he could fit. That's a big IF though.
My pick would be Moss.
Anybody else who is not a a top tier guy.
Update: reports are surfacing that VJ will be asking for $10M in damages or UFA w/o being franchise tagged.