Floyd to remain key piece of S.D. offense

In the summer of 2011, it looked like Malcom Floyd's days as a San Diego Charger were over.

Now, however, Floyd -- who was set to be a free agent after this season -- will be in San Diego through 2015 after signing a three-year extension. Quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates, two other key offensive pieces, are also signed through 2015.

Floyd, 31, signed a two-year extension shortly after the NFL lockout ended last summer. He received interest from other teams in the pre-camp signing frenzy. The Chargers expected him to leave, but Floyd felt comfortable and decided to remain in San Diego, where he has played since 2004.

Floyd has become the team’s No. 1 receiver since Vincent Jackson left as a free agent, with 13 catches for 227 yards and a touchdown in the first three games. He is known for making spectacular catches look routine and he is a fine deep threat. Floyd’s health has been a concern, but he has been healthy and productive this season.