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2012 NFL Free Agents: Wide Receivers

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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  1. Mike Wallace (RFA), WR, Steelers. Age: 26.
    Tendered by Steelers (1st)

    Mike Wallace is one of the top deep threats in football. The Steelers won't let him get away.

  2. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs. Age: 27.
    Franchised by Chiefs

    Dwayne Bowe is a dynamic talent and one of the better receivers in the NFL. His production is remarkable considering the mediocre quarterbacks he's worked with throughout his professional career.

  3. Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers, Chargers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Buccaneers (5 years, $55 million; $36 million guaranteed)

    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.

  4. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots. Age: 31.
    Franchised by Patriots

    The top slot receiver in the NFL, Wes Welker is due for a big contract. He still has a few great years left.

  5. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Bills (5 years, $36.25 million; $19.5 million guaranteed)

    If Steve Johnson were as strong mentally as he is physically, he would be one of the top receivers in the NFL. Unfortunately, he has way too many drops in key moments and acts like a clown on the field.

  6. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Rams. Age: 31.
    Signed with Patriots

    A legitimate No. 1 receiver, Brandon Lloyd has announced that he'll follow Josh McDaniels wherever he goes. That's a smart football decision, as Lloyd has thrived under McDaniels the past two seasons.

  7. Marques Colston, WR, Saints. Age: 29.
    Re-signed with Saints (5 years)

    Marques Colston's numbers are awesome, but there are two issues here. First, is he just a product of New Orleans' system? And second, if he's willing to take more money to play for a bad team, that'll speak volumes about his priorities. Just ask the Seahawks how they feel about Sidney Rice.

  8. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Age: 25.
    Re-signed with Eagles (5 years, $51 million)

    DeSean Jackson was pretty overrated until he started dropping passes and running half-hearted routes in the middle of the season. The threat of Jackson burning teams deep still has an impact on the game, but if lazy coaches would realize that the quick wideout has been pretty mediocre since suffering a second concussion against the Texans last year, they wouldn't respect him as much.

  9. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Colts (3 years, $17.5 million)

    Reggie Wayne turns 34 in November. He might still be able to get it done as a No. 2 receiver somewhere next year - perhaps wherever Peyton Manning lands. I'm sure both the Redskins and Jets would be happy with the pair.

  10. Mario Manningham, WR, Giants. Age: 26.
    Signed with 49ers (2 years)

    Mario Manningham is a talented, young receiver who caught 60 balls for 944 yards in 2010. His stats were down this past season because of a nagging knee injury.

  11. Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts. Age: 26.
    Signed with Redskins

    Pierre Garcon is fast, but is also unreliable because he drops too many passes. Still, he had some big games with Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky at quarterback, so teams know he's not just a product of the system.

  12. Laurent Robinson, WR, Cowboys. Age: 27.
    Signed with Jaguars (5 years, $32.5 million)

    Laurent Robinson was finally able to stay healthy, and he consequently had the best year of his career, catching 54 balls for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a key contributor when Miles Austin-Jones went down, so Jerry Jones will make a strong effort to re-sign him. Robinson is injury-prone though, so Jerry better not go crazy.

  13. Robert Meachem, WR, Saints. Age: 27.
    Signed with Chargers (4 years, $25.9 million)

    It's frustrating, but Robert Meachem has never lived up to his potential. He has talent, but it appears as though he's destined to be a mediocre wideout for his entire career.

  14. Braylon Edwards, WR, 49ers. Age: 29.
    Signed with Seahawks

    Braylon Edwards sucked this past year because he was battling injuries. He can be a starter again if he can get healthy.

  15. Danny Amendola (RFA), WR, Rams. Age: 26.
    Tendered by Rams (2nd)

    Sam Bradford's favorite receiver, Danny Amendola missed most of 2011 because of torn triceps. He'll bounce back as a solid slot receiver next year.

  16. Ted Ginn, WR/KR, 49ers. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with 49ers (1 year)

    Ted Ginn stinks as a receiver, but he's one of the top return specialists in the NFL.

  17. Eric Weems, WR/KR, Falcons. Age: 27.
    Signed with Bears (3 years)

    Eric Weems scored two special-teams touchdowns in 2010, but couldn't find the end zone this past season. However, he was still effective on returns, maintaining solid averages in both punt and kick returns.

  18. Deion Branch, WR, Patriots. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Patriots (1 year)

    Deion Branch is worth much more to the Patriots than he is to anyone else. He knows the system, and Tom Brady loves throwing to him.

  19. Josh Morgan, WR, 49ers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Redskins (5 years, $12 million; $7.5 million guaranteed)

    Josh Morgan looked like he was on his way to having a solid year, catching 15 balls for 220 yards in five games, but he went on injured reserve with a broken leg.

  20. Jerome Simpson, WR, Bengals. Age: 26.
    Signed with Vikings (1 year)

    Jerome Simpson had that acrobatic touchdown in Week 16, but was otherwise really inconsistent. He's still young though, and the talent is unquestionably there. Unfortunately, his alleged drug connections downgrade him.

  21. Eddie Royal, WR/PR, Broncos. Age: 26.
    Signed with Chargers (3 years)

    Eddie Royal has inexplicably completely regressed as a receiver, but he's a pretty dynamic punt-returner.

  22. Jacoby Jones, WR/KR, Texans. Age: 28.
    Signed with Ravens (2 years, $7 million)

    Jacoby Jones has never lived up to expectations as a receiver, but he's an effective return specialist. He took a punt back for a touchdown in 2011.

  23. Plaxico Burress, WR, Jets. Age: 35.
    All Plaxico Burress does is catch touchdown passes. That's all he can do at this point of his career, anyway.

  24. Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Falcons
  25. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Steelers. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Steelers (2 years)
  26. Early Doucet, WR, Cardinals. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Cardinals (2 years)
  27. Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Titans. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Titans (3 years)
  28. Lee Evans, WR, Ravens. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Jaguars (1 year)
  29. Jabar Gaffney, WR, Redskins. Age: 31. -- Signed with Patriots (2 years)
  30. Legedu Naanee, WR, Panthers. Age: 28. -- Signed with Dolphins (1 year)
  31. Donte' Stallworth, WR, Redskins. Age: 31. -- Signed with Patriots
  32. Matt Slater, WR/S, Patriots. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Patriots
  33. Kevin Ogletree, WR, Cowboys. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Cowboys (1 year)
  34. Donnie Avery, WR, Titans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Colts
  35. Adrian Arrington, WR, Saints. Age: 26.
  36. Andre Caldwell, WR, Bengals. Age: 27. -- Signed with Broncos
  37. Devin Aromashodu, WR, Vikings. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Vikings
  38. Mark Clayton, WR, Rams. Age: 30.
  39. Derek Hagan, WR, Bills. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Bills
  40. Michael Spurlock, KR, Buccaneers. Age: 29. -- Signed with Chargers
  41. Patrick Crayton, WR, Chargers. Age: 33.
  42. Chaz Schilens, WR, Raiders. Age: 26. -- Signed with Jets
  43. Roy Williams, WR, Bears. Age: 30.
  44. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Patriots. Age: 27.
  45. Steve Smith, WR, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams
  46. Mike Williams, WR, Seahawks. Age: 28.
  47. Chad Johnson, WR, Dolphins. Age: 34.
  48. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers. Age: 36. -- Announced retirement
  49. Brandon Stokley, WR, None. Age: 36. -- Signed with Broncos
  50. Matt Willis (RFA), WR, Broncos. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Broncos (1 year, $1.26 million)
  51. Patrick Turner, WR, Jets. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Jets
  52. Bryant Johnson, WR, Texans. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Texans
  53. Roscoe Parrish, WR, Bills. Age: 30. -- Signed with Chargers
  54. Devin Thomas, WR, Bears. Age: 25. -- Announced retirement
  55. Greg Camarillo, WR, Vikings. Age: 30.
  56. Domenik Hixon, WR/KR, Giants. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Giants
  57. Jerheme Urban, WR, Chiefs. Age: 31.
  58. Ruvell Martin, WR, Bills. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Bills
  59. Michael Clayton, WR, Giants. Age: 29.
  60. Maurice Stovall, WR, Lions. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Lions
  61. Courtney Roby, WR/KR, Saints. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Saints
  62. Chansi Stuckey, WR, Cardinals. Age: 28.
  63. Kassim Osgood, WR, Jaguars. Age: 32.
  64. Rashied Davis, WR, Lions. Age: 33. -- Signed with Bears
  65. Brett Swain, WR, 49ers. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with 49ers
  66. Arnaz Battle, WR, Steelers. Age: 32.
  67. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Raiders. Age: 34.
  68. Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals. Age: 38. -- Signed with Seahawks
  69. Randy Moss, WR, Titans. Age: 35.
    Signed with 49ers (1 year)

    Here's the list of teams interested in Randy Moss:

    Matt Millen's Kielbasa Killers Fantasy Team

    Moss is done. He couldn't separate from corners in 2010. He couldn't even get on the field for the Titans. He's a horrible guy to have in the locker room because he's a quitter. No general manager in his right mind will want to sign this bum.

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TJK 01-09-2014 09:46 pm (total posts: 3)
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Sanders,Hawkins,Roberts,J.Jones and Baldwin easy all day over Hester. Santana Moss move on down as well. Fix this mess asap....thanx Walt.
TJK 01-09-2014 09:42 pm (total posts: 3)
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Hester WTF Walt this is a WR ranking, way to high...are you high?
Walter 01-07-2014 12:43 am (total posts: 1)
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The same Maclin who is always hurt and has never reached 1,000 yards? Edelman is expendable? WTF?
Walt think logic 01-07-2014 12:15 am (total posts: 1)
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your rankings have james jones and riley cooper in the top 3 please reconsider the big names maclin is clearly better than them, Cruz had a sub-par year as well maybe its the offense (eli and coordinator) that is the problem. Meachem has proven himslef as a weapon in a crowded offense at No. 25 your rankings are screwed up all around dude. Edelman is expendable..... not top 5
Caveman 01-06-2014 12:57 pm (total posts: 1)
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I'm praying the Birds resign Maclin. Cooper has shown signs of decency, but next year we need our two star wideouts. I wouldn't mind drafting a high upside big man though.
Gustavo 10-12-2013 01:53 am (total posts: 1)
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its a type of offense that was ceertad by coach Urban Meyer when he use to coach Bowling Green. He had a horrible QB so he made new scheme where the Qb could run out of the pocket for quick yards or throw for about 5-15 yards. Its the type the Atlanta falcons use to help build on Micheal Vick's strengths.
Tom Brady 09-14-2013 12:46 pm (total posts: 2)
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Patriots sign Johnny Knox HE CAN CATCH!
Tom Brady 09-14-2013 12:43 pm (total posts: 2)
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In my opinion,we should really sign JOHNNY KNOX he is elite,tough,and can catch lets sign him bill!
lyle 08-26-2013 03:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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Quit sayin "but" so much. You would be a passable sportswriter, BUT you don't have a clue what you're talking about
brandon 08-26-2013 09:16 am (total posts: 1)
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Chad ,and T.O lions need u guys
Dave! Texans Fan!!! 08-13-2013 12:12 am (total posts: 1)
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Steve Breaston got signed by the Saints. And Brandon Stokley by the Ravens.
Da Beeeaaarrrssss 06-26-2013 11:43 am (total posts: 1)
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Steve Smith has announced his retirement. Should probably update that
Chad Johnson 04-30-2013 12:29 am (total posts: 1)
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Where am I?? Im coming back too Walt #CHADJOHNSON
T.O. 04-20-2013 06:31 pm (total posts: 3)
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Why am I not on the list Walt? I'm commin back ya know.
Tyler (GM MODE FOR FINS) 04-05-2013 04:07 am (total posts: 1)
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Im a better GM than f***ing Jeff ireland. This is what i'd do as far as f**Ing NFL stuff goes. (1st)Bye mike wallace I traded for percy harvin (but 1st i traded down 20th with the bears to pick up a 2nd rounder so they can get lane johnson) I now have a ton of second day selections and AN AWESOME WR!!! (2nd) Sign sebastion volmer (pisses off the patriots and i fill a hole at tackle) (3rd) Sign dustin keller (One of the better moves ireland made) (4th) re-sign reggie bush 4 years 16 million (1 million more per year than lions with 4 million guarenteed) (5th) Sign O-line depth (6th) Restructure karlos dansbys contract to free up more cap space (7th) Sign brian hartline to a 4 year 20 million dollar contract with 5 million guarenteed (8th) Sign dumverville (Cameron wakes my only pass rusher I NEED THEM) (9th) re-sign matt moore (10th) Steal caldwell away from the ravens so he can become my QBs coach (11th) Re-sign sean smith (3 years 18 million) Hes a bit better than cary williams i beleive.... (12th) Draft a CB in round 2 (13th) trade down and pick up 2 4th rounders (14th) get a deal done randy starks (a good move by the drunk jeff ireland) (15th)Franchise jake long and trade him for a 2nd rounder That concludes my GM Duties (Dolphins fans wish i was ur GM? You better wish it IM NOT EVEN A F***ING DOLPHINS FAN) Oh and the numbering is in no specific order it just shows how many moves i make etc. oh and (16th) Get depth and find bodies for training camp etc. Im pretty sure i did better than jeff ireland... (Who is drunk) So vote me for GM of the soon to be fired jeff ireland (Mike wallace is the 3rd highest paid WR in the NFL) Thanks for reading GO RAVENS! Oh and my predicitons for jeff irelands dolphins? 7-9. My dolphins (Fake ones but this IS a better off season) 10-6 wildcard we beat the ravens in baltimore and lose in new england :( (im a ravens fan it pains me to say that but these dolphins are awesome) Oh and Ryan tannehill Explodes as an NFL QB throwing for 3500 yards 27 TDs. 15 INTs 4 rushing TDs and 5 RUshing fumbles.

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