SAN DIEGO -- With Malcom Floyd's retirement, the San Diego Chargers need to find a receiver who can stretch the field. But the return of Keenan Allen from injured reserve should improve the team’s ability to move the chains.
Free agents: Malcom Floyd
The good: Allen was on pace for a historic year statistically before suffering a lacerated kidney against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8, ending his season. Through eight games, the 23-year-old had 67 receptions for 725 yards and four touchdowns. With 67 catches, Allen was tied for the second-most receptions in NFL history through the first eight games. ... According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers led the league with 2,635 yards after the catch. ... Floyd average 18.7 yards per reception. ... Inman emerged as a reliable target, finishing with 35 catches for 486 yards and three touchdowns.
The bad: According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers had 23 drops in 2015, No. 19 in the NFL. San Diego had just 15 drops in 2014, tied for No. 3 in the league. ... Johnson developed a nice rapport with Philip Rivers early in the year, but had trouble staying healthy. Johnson missed six games due to hamstring and groin injuries. He finished with 45 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson should be a force in the passing game next season with a little better luck on the injury front.
The money: Allen is headed into the final year of his rookie deal, and will make $690,000 in cash in 2016. The Chargers should look to re-sign Allen this offseason. Johnson is scheduled to make $2.9 million in cash in the second year of a three-year deal. Inman is an exclusive-rights free agent and should be back with the team. With just seven receivers on the 90-man roster and some cap space, the Chargers could look to add some speed to the position in free agency.
Draft priority: Chargers GM Tom Telesco said his team needs to add more playmakers on offense. What better place to start than at receiver with someone like Baylor’s Corey Coleman. His ability to make plays after the catch would be a great asset in San Diego’s offense, and he also has the ability to make plays in the return game. Coleman won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 2015, along with earning All-American and first-team all-conference honors. Small-school prospect Paul McRoberts out of Southeast Missouri is a big receiver who flashed in the Senior Bowl. McRoberts also would be a good fit in San Diego’s offense. Burse is an interesting prospect. He flashed as a returner at Fresno State and could compete for time at that spot for the Chargers.