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2011 NFL Free Agents: Wide Receivers

2011 NFL Free Agent Positions:
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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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SteelersFootballx6 03-06-2012 08:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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@John L, You make a good point, but if Wallace is going anywhere it will be NE. First of all they have two 1st round picks. Second of all Wallace has a lot of friends who play for the Patriots and he will have Tom Brady throwing to him. However, There are so many talented FA WRs available I doubt anyone will even bother sacrificing a first round pick, just to overpay Wallace.
MJB 03-06-2012 11:17 am (total posts: 1)
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I am a Bengals fan and I would love the Bengals to offer Mike Wallace a four year deal that would give him a cap hit of nearly $20 million in the first year and then average out to about $6 million throughout the last three years. Cincinnati has nearly $40 million in available cap space. If that number was cut in half by Wallace's contract for this year, then figure an additional $5 million for rookies, the Bengals would have roughly $15 million to spend on additional Free Agents. I think they should re-sign Manny Lawson, Pacman, Jennings, and Nelson to one-year deals and look to re-sign Anthony Collins and Dennis Roland. Let's say all of those moves would use $10 million, then use the extra $5 million to sign Chilo Rachal (Paul Alexander and Jim McNally could very well help him rebound) and as a buffer. The fact that they haven't cut Chris Crocker depresses me.

However, I think that Denver is a natural place for Mike Wallace to land. John Elway might look to land another stud Wideout to help Tim Tebow grow as a passer (or have pieces in place if they decide to move in a different direction in the future). Denver has close to $25 million to spend and is drafting 25th overall; the Broncos could look at who will probably be available for them there and pull the trigger on a deal.
AD 03-06-2012 11:12 am (total posts: 1)
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John L 03-02-2012 07:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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I know Pittsburgh is tied up financially, but they have really left themselves wide open to criticism if Mike Wallace gets signed by another team. I know they have tendered him for a first round pick, which eliminates most of the teams in the league. However, any team picking in the 20's could make him an offer that the Steelers would struggle to match.
I am a Bengals fan and the way I look at it is this:
If Cincinnati give up the 21st pick for Wallace, he is a proven commodity who changes games, plus losing Wallace to a division rival will really hurt. The advantage of taking on a player like Wallace is you realistically know what you are going to get, where as a player like Michael Floyd, who will be picked around about that spot, might take a few years to determine if he is any good or not.
The flip side of this is also a positive for the Pittsburgh rivals, as they can match the contract terms if they so choose. By doing this, their salary cap problems would become even worse with there being even more cap casualties.
To me this scenario is a win win, but I don't think Mike Brown will entertaining this idea, but I would try and hurt my rivals given any opportunity!
Hey me 02-28-2012 08:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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The will already be getting lloyd why overspend?
Me 02-26-2012 09:31 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think the pats should get amendola and bowe or V-Jack
betocrusader 02-21-2012 06:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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as a bear fan i want Bowe or Wallace.But i think we are better off signing Manningham an Wayne. and go after floyd in the draft.
Name 02-20-2012 03:54 am (total posts: 1)
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Whoever wrote this article is an idiot. He says some really good players are overrated and some bad ones are underrated. There are players like that in the league, but not the ones this guy mentioned. Also can't beleive Welker is only 4 stars after the past few amazing seasons with the Pats.
Randy 02-18-2012 01:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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Randy moss is better than T.O.
? 02-18-2012 01:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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why is moss below t.o. T. o. is older, so moss has a ew more years in him and should be 59.
Randy 02-18-2012 12:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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The pats better pick up Wes welker and deon branch. Also try to get randy moss he might have another good year or two.
Pats 02-16-2012 03:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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Any way we can get 2of the top15 receivers?
Matt Millen's Kielbasa Killers Fantasy Team 02-16-2012 08:17 am (total posts: 1)
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This is an official statement from Matt Millen's Kielbasa Killers Fantasy Team: after reconsidering our position, even we don't want Randy Moss.
brent welch 02-12-2012 11:40 am (total posts: 1)
35     47

i say colts need a desean and braylan than ill be happy
mplahti 02-01-2012 01:59 pm (total posts: 1)
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I would love to be a General Manager in need of a wide receiver this offseason! Even if a team is unable to land a top tier receiver there are many tier 2 players who can start for most NFL franchises. No team should have an excuse (Jacksonville) for not landing at least a serviceable starter via free agency.

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