Top 15 NFL Free Agent Wide Receivers
The Top 15 UFA WRs to Be in 2013
With all but two NFL teams already looking ahead to the 2013, it's time to start evaluating the free agent market which officially opens March 12th. This slideshow will take a look at the top 15 unrestricted free agent wide receivers.
This is a list of the best receivers who will be become free agents, and not necessarily an evaluation if the players will stay with their current teams or even play at all in 2013. We'll take a look at performance and where these guys rank in the market, with a few predictions tossed in.
Some of these guys may be done in the NFL for various reasons, some have health and age concerns, and some have questions if they can even still ball.
Overall, there are a lot of talented guys available at wide out this year. Unlike years past where you figure a majority of them will re-sign, it looks as if we could have a decent shake up in 2013. Some players have worn out their welcome in their current cities, some won't be brought back, and some just need a change of scenery.
That's the beauty of modern day free agency, a team can transform itself overnight into a contender with just a few signings. Of course many teams fall into the trap of just signing a player based on his name, and not on what he'll actually to bring to their franchise. But hey, sometimes a guy is just too good to pass up if you've got the money, I suppose...
#15 - Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn is likely done in San Francisco after catching two balls for one yard in 2012. He's basically a return specialist at this point, and if he wants out of that role with the 49ers, he'll need to go elsewhere..
#14 - Donald Jones
Jones is coming off a career season of 41 receptions, 443 yards and four touchdowns in Buffalo. He should be an affordable pick up, and if he can stay on the field, he could be a steal.
#13 - Devery Henderson
Henderson has been on the decline in recent years, but he's still a guy who could rack up 500 yards with the right team.
#12 - Kevin Ogletree
The week one fantasy sensation tailed off as the season progressed, but he did show some potential in Dallas. He'll no doubt find a home in 2013.
#11 - Joshua Cribbs
Cribbs will want way too much money this off-season, but there's no denying this guy's talent. He's fast and can play many positions on the field. Somebody will roll the dice with Cribbs.
#10 - Steve Smith
Smith is no doubt a lotto ticket. He's still only 27, and if put in the right situation, could return to near his old form. Believe or not, Smith caught 107 passes just three season ago.
#9 - Randy Moss
Moss is another candidate for retirement in 2013, but I think he proved he's still very worthy of a roster spot this season. Moss can clearly still turn it on when he needs to. Odds are that he'll re-sign with San Francisco if he does play.
#8 - Julian Edelman
It's all about potential with Edelman. He doesn't have any stats that will raise your eyebrow, but many think he's got Wes Welker-potential. I think New England will have interest in re-signing him, but he should definitely test the waters.
#7 - Brian Hartline
2012 was by far a career-year for Hartline (1,083 yards). No matter where he signs in 2013, he'll earn himself a big pay increase. Hartline would be a very solid No. 2 receiver for many teams.
#6 - Donnie Avery
Avery had a great rebound season in 2012 and no doubt will earn himself a big raise from the $615,000 he made. He'll likely want a multi-year deal wherever he goes. Indianapolis should want this guy back after he proved to be a reliable target for Andrew Luck.
#5 - Mike Wallace
Wallace is a good candidate to test the free agent market in 2013. He's coming off a solid season where he racked up 836 yards and eight TDs. At only 26, he'll be entering his prime and could be a potential No. 1 on many teams.
#4 - Danny Amendola
2012 was a coming out party for Amendola. If it weren't for a broken collar bone, who knows how great of a season it could have been. He only made about $2 million this past year, so he'll be due a substantial pay increase wherever he signs.
#3 - Wes Welker
It's tough to see Welker leaving New England. He's just such a big part of their offense and franchise, in general. However, it's possibly he could sign elsewhere in 2013. The word is multi-year deal or bust with Welker. The other factor, he's 32-years old. Are the Patriots committed to keeping him? We'll find out.
#2 - Greg Jennings
I think Jennings is done in Green Bay. He's even alluded to it in interviews that his time with the Packers could be over. Jennings just seems like a guy that could use a fresh start. At 29, he can still have a very good second half to his career with a new franchise.
#1 - Dwayne Bowe
Bowe is the most talented, legitimate No. 1 receiver available in free agency. I think he's done in KC, and I think he'll probably play for the highest bidder. My only question with Bowe - is he committed to winning football games? Or just another guy out to get rich while skating by on his natural abilities? If put in the right situation, I think we could see just how good Dwayne Bowe is in 2013 and beyond.