Chargers Officially Miss Out on Big WR Signing

The Los Angeles Chargers' quest to improve their wide receiver depth hit a snag on Tuesday when one potential target signed with a fellow AFC team.
WR Tyler Boy has chosen to sign with the Tennessee Titans.
WR Tyler Boy has chosen to sign with the Tennessee Titans. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA

The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the more promising young wide receiver groups in the NFL, boasting the likes of 22-year-old Quentin Johnston and rookie Ladd McConkey. But while having a ton of potential is a good thing, sometimes a heavy veteran presence is required to bring out the best in those younger players.

The Chargers added veteran depth this week by signing DJ Chark to a one-year deal and even targeted free-agent WR Tyler Boyd, too. While having the former Cincinnati Bengal in the mix would likely improve Los Angeles' aerial attack, Los Angeles fans learned on Tuesday that Boyd won't be making the move to SoCal.

Chargers News: Tyler Boyd Signs with Titans

Much to the chagrin of Chargers fans, Boyd has officially signed with the Tennessee Titans, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The one-year deal will reportedly see the veteran wideout making up to $4.5 million during the 2024 campaign.

After losing veteran WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Wiliams this offseason, it's easy to see why Chargers supporters hoped for a Boyd signing. The ex-Pittsburgh product suited up in 120 games across eight seasons with the Bengals, amassing 513 receptions, 6,000 yards, and 31 touchdowns since being drafted 55th overall in 2016.

It's going to be interesting to see if the Chargers choose to target any of the other remaining WRs. Names like Hunter Renfrow, Michael Thomas, Mecole Hardman, and Allen Robinson are all available on the open market. While none of them will likely carry Los Angeles to a Super Bowl on their own, it's nice knowing that general manager Joe Horitz has decent backup options out there.

For now, time will tell how the Chargers' WR room performs this fall. Johnston and Joshua Palmer will both be looked at to take the next step while all eyes will be on McConkey and Brenden Rice to see how they transition to the NFL level. Let's also not forget that Chark, Derius Davis, and Simi Fehoko will be counted on in supporting roles, too.

Even if Los Angeles doesn't add another veteran wideout, the immediate future is looking bright. FanDuel Sportsbooks is expecting the Chargers to surpass last year's win total (5), setting their 2024 projection at 8.5 wins with the Over being favored at -144 odds.

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