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Friday, August 5, 2011
Chargers get unexpected boost

By Bill Williamson

I was traveling earlier Friday when I got the call that free-agent receiver Malcom Floyd had finally made his decision on where he is going to play.

I was expecting the call, so it didn’t catch me off guard. Floyd’s destination, however, did surprise me.

Floyd is staying home and will remain with the San Diego Chargers. It had been expected for weeks that Floyd would go elsewhere. There were multiple reports in the past 48 hours that Floyd was leaning toward signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

In the end, Floyd will remain in San Diego as the Chargers’ No. 2 receiver. That’s a good thing for the Chargers.

The San Diego Union Tribune reported Floyd will make $5 million over two years and it could increase to $7 million. It was reported the Chargers didn’t want to go over $3 million for a base salary, so it’s a good deal for San Diego. It’s also good a deal for Floyd. I know he loves his teammates and he is comfortable in San Diego.

It gives the Chargers a strong receiving group. The starters will be Vincent Jackson and Floyd. Veteran Patrick Crayton and draft pick Vincent Brown will be part of the mix as well.

Quarterback Philip Rivers has raved about Floyd’s penchant for making the spectacular play and Rivers is comfortable with Floyd’s ability to leap and made big plays, this was a worthwhile re-signing for all parties, although it is a bit unexpected.