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2011 NFL Free Agents: Wide Receivers

2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K/P | Recap

2011 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2011.

  1. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Jets (5 years, $50 million; $24 million guaranteed)

    Receivers who switch teams tend to struggle, so it's amazing that Santonio Holmes was able to catch 52 balls for 746 yards and six touchdowns in only 11 games. Holmes has a knack for making big catches in important games, so if the Jets have to choose between him and Braylon Edwards, it's really no contest.

  2. Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Chargers (1 year, $11.9 million)

    Vincent Jackson amazingly has never caught more than 68 passes in a single season, but with his size (6-5, 230) and downfield ability, he's one of the top physical talents at the wide receiver position in the NFL.

  3. Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings. Age: 25.
    Signed with Seahawks (5 years)

    Sidney Rice is one of the league's top young receivers. He caught 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009. He's only had one great year, hence just the four stars.

  4. Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets. Age: 28.
    Signed with 49ers (1 year, $3.5 million)

    Braylon Edwards has been pretty good with drops this year, but will that remain the case once he signs a big contract?

  5. Brad Smith, KR/CatQB, Jets. Age: 27.
    Signed with Bills (4 years, $15 million)

    Listed at four stars for his return ability, Brad Smith took two kickoffs to the house in 2010. He also averaged 7.9 yards per carry out of the Wildcat position.

  6. Eric Weems, KR, Falcons. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Falcons

    Listed at four stars for his special teams ability only, Eric Weems qualified for the Pro Bowl, thanks to a punt and a kickoff return for touchdowns. Weems averaged 27.5 yards on his kickoffs and 12.8 yards per punt return.

  7. Steve Smith, WR, Giants. Age: 26.
    Signed with Eagles (1 year, $4 million; $2 million guaranteed)

    Steve Smith is an outstanding possession receiver; he caught 107 balls for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009. Unfortunately, he suffered a nasty knee injury in December and may not be ready for the start of the 2011 season.

  8. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Chargers (2 years, $5 million)

    Malcom Floyd caught 37 balls for 717 yards and six touchdowns in 2010, giving him an amazing 19.4 yards-per-catch average. However, he battled through injuries in the second half of the year and consequently did nothing when Vincent Jackson returned to the lineup.

  9. Lance Moore, WR, Saints. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Saints (5 years)

    A terrific slot receiver, Lance Moore bounced back from an injury-plagued 2009 campaign to catch 66 balls for 763 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

  10. James Jones, WR, Packers. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Packers (3 years)

    James Jones has enormous talent and potential. Will he ever put it together to become a reliable starter?

  11. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars. Age: 26.
    Signed with Rams (1 year)

    Mike Sims-Walker had a very good year in 2009 (63 catches, 869 yards, 7 TDs), but struggled with various leg injuries the past two seasons. He's a quality No. 2 wideout if he can stay healthy. That's a big if, however.

  12. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Redskins (3 years, $15 million; $6 million guaranteed)

    Santana Moss caught 93 balls for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns last year. However, he'll be 32 in June - an age which usually marks the rapid decline of speedy receivers.

  13. Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Texans (3 years, $10.5 million; $3 million guaranteed)

    Jacoby Jones has been inconsistent throughout his career, but caught 22 balls for 287 yards and a touchdown in the team's final four games. Perhaps a sign of things to come?

  14. Danny Amendola (RFA), WR, Rams. Age: 25.
    Tendered by Rams

    Danny Amendola caught 85 balls for 689 yards and three touchdowns this season, establishing himself as a quality slot receiver.

  15. Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys. Age: 29.
    Signed with Bears (2 years)

    Roy Williams was a major disappointment in Dallas, as he never came close to matching his 82-catch, 1,310-yard 2006 campaign. Someone will take a shot on him based on his potential, but I wouldn't take that chance.

  16. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens. Age: 37.
    Signed with Jets (1 year)

    Despite his age, Derrick Mason is a solid No. 2 possession wideout, serving as Joe Flacco's favorite receiver. It'll be surprising if the Ravens don't bring Mason back at a cheaper price - though there's always the possibility that Mason retires, which is something he's been threatening to do for quite some time.

  17. Plaxico Burress, WR, Giants. Age: 34.
    Signed with Jets (1 year, $3 million)

    Plaxico Burress has been out of football for two years, and he was slowing down even before he went to prison.

  18. Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals. Age: 37.
    Terrell Owens proved that he still has it, catching 72 balls for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010. However, he's such a headache that the Bengals don't even want him anymore. At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone signing Owens.

  19. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets. Age: 29.
    Signed with Steelers (1 year)

    Jerricho Cotchery is a very good slot receiver when healthy. The problem is that he's coming off back surgery. He's reportedly healthy, but back injuries tend to linger and re-surface. Cotchery is a risk.

  20. Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals. Age: 28.
    Signed with Chiefs (5 years)

    Steve Breaston's yardage totals the past three years: 1,006, 712 and 718. Unfortunately, he just can't stay healthy.

  21. Mark Clayton, WR, Rams. Age: 29.
    A complete bust in Baltimore, Mark Clayton had an instant rapport with Sam Bradford, catching 22 balls for 300 yards and two touchdowns in four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

  22. Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Panthers

    Legedu Naanee is a talented receiver, but didn't play much this season because of various injuries.

  23. Michael Spurlock, KR, Buccaneers. Age: 28.
    Michael Spurlock averaged 25.7 yards per kick return in 2010, scoring one touchdown in the process.

  24. Randy Moss, WR, Titans. Age: 34.
    Announced retirement

    Randy Moss is done. Unlike Terrell Owens, he has not worked unbelievably hard to keep his body in shape. There's no reason any NFL team should be interested.

  25. Early Doucet (RFA), WR, Cardinals. Age: 25.
  26. Michael Jenkins, WR, Falcons. Age: 29. -- Signed with Vikings (3 years)
  27. Jaymar Johnson, WR, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Vikings (1 year, $405,000)
  28. Laurent Robinson (RFA), WR, Rams. Age: 26. -- Signed with Chargers
  29. Jason Hill, WR, Jaguars. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Jaguars (2 years)
  30. Courtney Roby, WR/KR, Saints. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Saints
  31. Domenik Hixon, WR/KR, Giants. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Giants (1 year)
  32. Devin Aromashodu (RFA), WR, Bears. Age: 27. -- Signed with Vikings (1 year)
  33. Adrian Arrington (ERFA), WR, Saints. Age: 25.
  34. Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU. Age: N/A. -- Signed with Texans
  35. Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina. Age: 23. -- Signed with Packers
  36. Derek Hagan, WR, Giants. Age: 26. -- Signed with Raiders
  37. Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon. Age: 22. -- Signed with Texans
  38. Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn. Age: 21. -- Signed with Panthers
  39. Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State. Age: 22. -- Signed with Bears
  40. Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati. Age: 21. -- Signed with Jaguars
  41. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Ravens. Age: 33.
  42. Antwaan Randle El, WR/KR, Steelers. Age: 32.
  43. Bryant Johnson, WR, Lions. Age: 30.
  44. Rashied Davis, WR, Bears. Age: 32. -- Signed with Lions (1 year)
  45. Brian Finneran, WR, Falcons. Age: 35.
  46. David Clowney, WR, Panthers. Age: 26.
  47. Sam Hurd, WR, Cowboys. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears
  48. Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs. Age: 33.
  49. Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR, Raiders. Age: 27. -- Signed with Eagles (1 year)
  50. Ruvell Martin, WR, Seahawks. Age: 29.
  51. Chansi Stuckey, WR, Browns. Age: 27. -- Signed with Cardinals (2 years, $3.5 million)
  52. Greg Lewis, WR, Vikings. Age: 31.
  53. David Anderson, WR, Texans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Broncos
  54. Andre' Davis, WR, Texans. Age: 32.
  55. Quan Cosby (ERFA), WR/PR, Bengals. Age: 28.
  56. Maurice Stovall, WR, Buccaneers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Lions
  57. Terrance Copper, WR, Chiefs. Age: 29. -- Signed with Chiefs (3 years)
  58. Craig Davis, WR, Chargers. Age: 25. -- Signed with Bills
  59. Roydell Williams, WR, Redskins. Age: 30.
  60. Hank Baskett, WR, Vikings. Age: 28.
  61. Brian Clark, WR, Lions. Age: 27.
  62. Darius Reynaud (RFA), WR, Giants. Age: 24. -- Re-signed with Giants

2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K/P | Recap

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Evan 02-15-2013 04:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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Haha, Titus Young is back on the market already. There's plenty of speculation why Young was released such as, the Rams brought him in as insurance if they didn't think they could sign Amendola. He didn't pass the physical because of a knee problem. New DC Tim Walton doesn't want him on board.

My personal favorite so far though... The Rams are interested in signing Louis Delmas in free agency so they had to let Young go.
daxboi 02-09-2013 06:19 pm (total posts: 2)
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first of all how dare you critique the best slot reciever of all time in what is known as wes welker. too many drops? remind me how many times he's thrown the ball. his catch percentage is sky high and consistently bails out tom brady with the crispist routes and precision to find open space to pick up 1st downs. Im a hawks fan idc about the pats, but who are you to critize his numbers? hes no burner, but there is no better option to throw under routes to than him.
daxboi 02-09-2013 06:19 pm (total posts: 2)
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first of all how dare you critique the best slot reciever of all time in what is known as wes welker. too many drops? remind me how many times he's thrown the ball. his catch percentage is sky high and consistently bails out tom brady with the crispist routes and precision to find open space to pick up 1st downs. Im a hawks fan idc about the pats, but who are you to critize his numbers? hes no burner, but there is no better option to throw under routes to than him.
stockley 02-05-2013 11:42 am (total posts: 1)
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a star and a half to stokley??? he might be old and can't probably play a full season anymore - but when he did play last season, he made every impossible pass in a crunch time manning threw at him! I hope he will be the nr. 3 wr again next year.
Lions fan 02-03-2013 04:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think we should go for Victor Cruz, can you imagine him paired with Johnson and then Broyles in the slot my god
Matt C 02-03-2013 12:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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A 1.5 Star on Brandon Gibson? Of this class, combined categories, Gibson has the best hands, route running, & ability to outwork defenders for the ball.

Like Alexander, Gibson will benefit from a change in scenery & become a perfect WR2/3 option somewhere.
Leroy Ortiz 02-02-2013 02:19 pm (total posts: 1)
63     108

Steelers shoulg go after Donnie Avery, Greg Jennings, and Brian Hartline this free agentcy and don't re-sign Mike Wallace.
asdf 01-31-2013 08:46 am (total posts: 1)
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Not sure I would agree that Welker, "has a lot of drops."
Chris 01-30-2013 11:02 am (total posts: 1)
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Welker to San Diego
ryan 01-29-2013 03:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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welker overrated? c'mon please. he's way better than dwayne bowe, mike wallace, and greg jennings. actually, he's a little underrated. walt, i think i know more than you. i'm 11 years old, idiot.
CaptFox 01-26-2013 01:08 am (total posts: 1)
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Love the List(s) Walt -
but saying Welker is over-rated seems like a bit of a stretch & saying he had a lot of drops is somewhat misleading as well
( granted he's had a few high profile drops in the past two Patriot playoff runs but you have to factor in the high volume of targets he gets ).
Wes Welker is one of the most sure-handed wrs to ever play the game.
MN 01-25-2013 04:50 am (total posts: 1)
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Minnesota Vikings should get Brian hartline would work well as a deep threat to take a bit of the coverage off Percy harvin
John 01-22-2013 06:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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oh yeah
Walt is overrated 01-20-2013 02:11 am (total posts: 1)
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"Dwayne Bowe is one of the most overrated players in the NFL"

"Mike Wallace is overrated."

"Greg Jennings is a talented receiver, but he may be overvalued"

"Wes Welker produces like crazy fantasy numbers, but he's also one of the league's most overrated players."

Somebody has a favorite adjective... nice change up with "overvalued" on Jennings. Although I hardly noticed, I felt like I was reading a copy and pasted "scout's" (haha calling you a scout) evaluation of the same guy... SO DROLL.

Here's Walt's evaluation:

Walter is a semi-talented NFL mock draft analyst, but he is OVERRATED! It seems he gets a lot of traffic to his site, but he misses on a lot of his evaluations and many of them seem identical to other ones. He also sometimes allows his heart to get too involved, often times offering tiresome, warn-out and uncreative jabs at certain teams he doesn't particularly care for. An analyst should never allow his "fandom" to enter into his professional evaluation process. The truth, however, is that Walt is not really a "professional" scout or evaluator of talent, he's really just some guy who has a crappy looking website that people who aren't ESPN insiders visit because it's a free place where they can view a nearly comprehensive list of players with potential to be drafted. Even as much as Walt tries to offer, he still leaves a lot to be desired, and every year leaves a number of deserving prospects off his lists eliciting objections from many fan-bases. It's not Walt's fault, he's a product of the system he's running. Like Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe, Greg Jennings, and Mike Wallace who aren't that talented, but merely products of their systems or talented QBs, they drop too many passes, Walt drops the ball on too many prospects. The sad part is he'll often get into childish fights with fan-bases over certain players in his outdated comment section. Professionals like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay (yes, even Todd McShay is better than Walt) know how to swallow their pride, evaluate and block out the noise. Walt's kind of good, but far-far from great.
mike 01-19-2013 09:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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WES WELKER IS OVER RATED?!?!?!?!?!?!?! i think u were on shrooms when u wrote that

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