In need of depth at receiver and help in the return game, the Chargers could be a good fit for Mariani. But the Montana native has to prove that he’s healthy.
Mariani, 26, missed the entire 2012 season after snapping the tibula and fibula in his left leg while returning a punt in an August preseason game. Mariani worked his way back onto the field, but spent the entire 2013 season on Tennessee’s injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in training camp.
A seventh-round selection in the 2010 draft by the Titans, Mariani made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in his rookie season. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Mariani also can be used on offense as a slot receiver, with the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
With the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly open to listening to trade offers for DeSean Jackson, Mariani’s price likely is much more manageable for the Chargers. According to the NFL Players Association daily salary-cap report, San Diego is about $3.6 million under the cap.