Published November 20, 2014
One of the NFL's elite offenses regained a big-play receiver on Friday when Malcom Floyd and the Chargers agreed on a two-year contract.
Terms of the deal weren't released.
Floyed, 6-foot-5 and deft at snatching passes above defenders, averaged 19.4 yards per catch last year and led San Diego's wide receivers with 37 receptions.
"He was like a human vacuum machine," backup quarterback Billy Volek said. "Any ball that was put his way, he went up and got it."
Reports out of Baltimore had the Ravens close to signing Floyd on Friday.
An hour before Floyd's deal was announced, Volek said Chargers players were "hoping and praying" the 29-year-old Floyd would return to San Diego.
The Chargers in 2010 were without Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson for training camp and most of the season. Their offense still ended up second in the NFL in both passing yards and passer rating. In his 11 games, Floyd had six touchdown catches, only three fewer than his career total in 51 games before 2010.
"He really stretched defenses," Volek said.
Floyd rejoins a veteran-laden offense that welcomed back Jackson on Thursday. Only one starter, running back Darren Sproles, who signed with the Saints, is gone from the offense, which led the NFL in yardage last year.
Thursday, Jackson ad-libbed on a broken play and caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Rivers.
"That's seven years," Rivers said.
Jackson and Rivers are in their seventh season together, giving them a sense of how the other will react when a play doesn't work out.
Tight end Antonio Gates is back for his eight season with the club, and Floyd started his NFL career with the Chargers in 2004 as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming.
Five years into his career, Floyd had made only five starts. In 2009, he supplanted Chris Chambers as the No. 2 receiver and caught 45 passes for a team that went 13-3 and won a fourth consecutive AFC West title.
A hamstring injury cost him five games last year.