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Top 10 NFL WRs Heading Into Contract Years This Season

10 Big-Time WRs Who Could be Free Agents in 2015

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The 2014 NFL season is still a few months away, which means a lot of contracts can be changed between now and then. However, as it stands right now, there are quite a few notable wide receivers who are entering the final years of their respective contracts. With the extreme in mind, we take a look at the top 10 receivers who could be free agents in 2015.

10. Hakeem Nicks

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10. Hakeem Nicks

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Injuries and the emergence of Victor Cruz have kept Hakeem Nicks from being the dominant receiver he once was and is still capable of being. Maybe all he needs is a fresh start and the Giants have already tried to trade him, so a new team could definitely be in No. 88’s future. At 26, he still has a lot of good years ahead of him, especially if paired with the right quarterback.

9. Randall Cobb

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9. Randall Cobb

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If he was with most any other team, Randall Cobb would be a superstar. He’s part of an offense that has a lot of weapons, so he isn’t used as heavily as he would be if in an offense as a featured pass-catcher. Because of that, he likely won’t get an extension from the Packers and become a high-priced free agent in 2015.

8. Jeremy Maclin

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8. Jeremy Maclin

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Although it’s unlikely Jeremy Maclin hits the open market, it’s possible. He’s a terrific underneath route-runner and pass-catcher who would be coveted by pass-happy teams like the Patriots, Broncos, Saints and others. Considering all the new weapons the Eagles added this offseason, Maclin could be forgotten when it comes time to evaluate 2015 contracts.

7. Roddy White

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7. Roddy White

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Although Roddy White still very productive and demands a lot of defensive attention, Julio Jones is the main man now in Atlanta. Plus, the Falcons are rumored to be looking for another hot young receiver, which would undoubtedly mean White would hit the open market in 2015. At 32, he could still get a nice contract from a contender looking to add veteran help at receiver.

6. Reggie Wayne

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6. Reggie Wayne

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At 35, Reggie Wayne’s future depends entirely on how he performs this year coming back from an ACL tear. If he can still play at an elite level, the Colts will undoubtedly try to sign him to an extension before the season ends. If that doesn’t happen and he can still play, don’t be surprised to see the Patriots and Broncos battle for his services during the free agency frenzy of 2015.

5. Jordy Nelson

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5. Jordy Nelson

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Who needs Greg Jennings? The Packers turned to Jordy Nelson when the elder receiver departed and haven’t looked back. Now in a contract year, Green Bay will work very hard to ensure Nelson is back in green and yellow next season. Aaron Rodgers — the Packers’ 0 million quarterback — will likely have some choice words for Ted Thompson if that’s not the case.

4. Michael Crabtree

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4. Michael Crabtree

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As good as he’s been in his short tenure with the 49ers, Michael Crabtree could be even better with an elite quarterback and he knows that. There’s now way San Francisco is going to pay Crabtree what he’ll want as a pending free agent, so expect him to hit the open market and sign with the highest bidder, regardless of that team’s quarterback situation.

3. Wes Welker

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3. Wes Welker

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The Broncos’ success this year will be a big factor in Wes Welker’s future. He’ll be 34 in 2015 and if Denver comes up just short again, it will likely offer Welker a ton of money to come back. If the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Welker will likely ask for an astronomical amount just for the heck of it…and may have to go elsewhere to get it.

2. Demaryius Thomas

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2. Demaryius Thomas

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There is absolutely no way the Broncos will allow Demaryius Thomas to hit the open market as a free agent but just for giggles, we’ll imagine that happens. Thomas would undoubtedly be one of the most sought-after free agents of this generation and he’d get a huge payday from almost any team he wanted. Must be nice.

1. Dez Bryant

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1. Dez Bryant

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Like Demaryius Thomas, there’s no way Dez Bryant will hit the open market — the Cowboys just won’t allow it to happen. If he did, though, he would demand even more than the four-year, $40 million deal Brandon Marshall just signed. The bidding war for him would be silly, just like the deal he’ll get from Dallas.