|Chargers pickup receiver Stevie Johnson -- Tue Mar 17 12:48 pm --|
|Free-agent wide receiver Steve Johnson agreed to a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday. Johnson had visited the Chargers and Patriots since his release from the 49ers last week. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Chargers lost Eddie Royal to the Bears and were rumored to be interested in Andre Johnson before he signed with the Colts. Stevie had three-straight 1000-yd seasons in Buffalo but posted his worst stat line in five years (35-435-3) in the 49ers run-first offense. Johnson could push WR3 value but will battle for targets with Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and newcomer Dontrelle Inman.
| Surgery not ruled out for Philip Rivers -- Tue Dec 30 11:55 am --|
Chargers quarterback will take wait-and-see approach
|The season ended Sunday. Philip Rivers' stance on injuries didn't.
The Chargers quarterback remained politely protective over the specifics of a back injury that has ailed him the past month. Offseason surgery, he allowed, is considered an option. Whether it is necessary will be determined in the coming weeks.
As for further details, Rivers didn't go there.
He called such talk "self-serving," not wanting health to affect how his play is evaluated.
There were reports this month that he's dealt with a bulging disk in his lower back, reports that Rivers on Monday called "not exactly accurate." He declined to elaborate further.
Rivers made his 144th consecutive start Sunday since becoming the Chargers' starter in 2006. It's the second-longest active streak in the NFL.
"It just does me no good to say on the record what it was," Rivers said. "I was dealing with sore ribs. I was dealing with the back. Exactly what that was, really, who cares? What I mean is I don't see the reason for it.
"It had no effect on my performance, good or bad the last few weeks; it really didn't. The back maybe was a little tougher over the last few weeks, but it wasn't, 'If I didn't have a bad back, I would have made the throw.' That was never the case. … I felt good enough to play."
Rivers had a 71.2 passer rating in four December games.
It was his lowest single-month rating since November 2007 (68.8).
He was without running back Ryan Mathews and wide receiver Keenan Allen the final three games, not to mention running back Danny Woodhead and center Nick Hardwick who were placed on injured reserve early this season. The Chargers started their fifth center of the season Sunday. Rivers was sacked seven times, including six times in a 13-dropback span.
Players voted for team awards. They were presented during a Monday meeting.
Rivers, the MVP, finished the year with 4,286 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. (Union-Tribune San Diego)|
FF Today's Take: Rivers is a stubborn guy who can double down on this "injuries don't affect my performance take" all he likes, but fantasy owners need to remember his poor performance down the stretch when they draft their teams next summer. It's not the first time Rivers has concealed an injury and allowed his play to suffer. There are plenty of fantasy quarterbacks to choose from, folks.