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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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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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