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New England Patriots: Top 5 Free Agent WRs to Target

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New England Patriots: Top 5 Free Agent WRs to Target

Tom Brady passing
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The wide receiver position for the New England Patriots is not what Tom Brady has been used to since 2007. When NFL Free Agency starts today at 4:00 p.m. EST, they can go out and grab some veteran help from throughout the league. They have some young guys they should keep who also need to learn the position much quicker. These next five WRs can keep Brady less frustrated next season and improve the team's WR position as a whole.

5. Lance Moore

Lance Moore New Orleans Saints
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5. Lance Moore

Lance Moore New Orleans Saints
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Last Friday, Lance Moore was released by the New Orleans Saints. He was their longest-tenured player after working his way up from the practice squad in 2005. He is in the top-five in Saints history in receptions, touchdown catches and receiving yards. As a mainstay in Drew Brees's gun-slinging offense, he has to have some good football left in him.

4. Jason Avant

Jason Avant Philadelphia Eagles
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4. Jason Avant

Jason Avant Philadelphia Eagles
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Seen as a role model and leader for the Philadelphia Eagles, it is safe to assume that Jason Avant can be the same for the Patriots. He has also averaged double-digit yards per catch every year of his career except his rookie season.

3. Hakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks New York Giants
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3. Hakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks New York Giants
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Adding a former Super Bowl champion to the roster never hurts, especially when it was in a win against your team. The 26-year-old Hakeem Nicks was part of the struggling New York Giants offense last season, but still averaged 16 yards per catch on 896 receiving yards.

2. Santonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes New York Jets
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2. Santonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes New York Jest
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Speaking of former Super Bowl champions, here's another one. The New York Jets released Santonio Holmes yesterday to free up cap space. The eight-year veteran has dealt with injuries the last two years, but still averaged nearly 20 yards per catch last season. Did I mention the two teams he's played for both hate the Patriots? Bill Belichick could use that to his advantage if Holmes is signed.

1. Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman New England Patriots
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1. Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman New England Patriots
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The most prized possession in the Patriots' passing game should be Julian Edelman. He proved last year that he is Brady's new Wes Welker, and should be paid and treated like it. Edelman is a must-sign if you ask me.