Inman has received a second-round restricted free agent tender from the Chargers, Michael Gehlken reported on Thursday. Although he's coming off a career-best season, Inman is unlikely to draw interest from other teams now that it requires a second-round pick to acquire him, in addition to the actual cost of a contract. He'll likely see his role reduced next season, as Keenan Allen (knee) is believed to be on track in his recovery from a torn ACL.
Inman has been tendered by the Chargers, Michael Gehlken reported on Thursday. An undrafted free agent who joined the Chargers active roster in 2014, Inman has produced well when pressed into action, recording 1,296 receiving yards and seven touchdowns over the last two seasons. While the 28-year-old likely will need to fight for playing time, he's proven to be a fantasy asset when he's seen the targets. Given the health concerns of Keenan Allen, there's certainly a chance Inman could find his way into a prominent role down the road.
Inman caught four of five targets for 51 yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. With offensive weapons dropping like flies in San Diego this season, Inman improved upon last season's surprise emergence in every statistical category. He saved some of his best efforts for late in the season, catching at least four passes in seven of his final nine outings. There are plenty of questions surrounding the Chargers at the moment, including whether Inman will be back. He enters restricted free agency as a big target who has shown himself capable of stretching the field.
Inman caught three passes for 44 yards in Saturday's loss to the Browns. Despite being targeted 10 times, Inman was unable to haul in more than three passes for just the second time since Week 8. Still, in what has quietly been an outstanding campaign for the third-year player, Inman has developed into one of Philip Rivers' most consistent targets, racking up 40 receptions, 580 receiving yards and three touchdowns since Week 7.
Inman caught five of eight targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Raiders. Inman led the team in receptions and yardage in this one while finishing one target behind Tyrell Williams for the top spot in that category. Although Williams has been viewed as the team's top wideout, Inman has quietly outproduced him four consecutive games and could continue to do so with the former reportedly playing through a lingering shoulder injury. He could continue this recent trend in production next week against the hapless Browns.
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