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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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Tyler 01-19-2013 04:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.43 (total posts: 1)
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Johnny Knox, 1.5 stars, seriously?
Overrated 01-19-2013 12:59 am xxx.xxx.xxx.200 (total posts: 1)
11     71

Whoever wrote this really likes to throw the word overrated around.

P.S. Wes Welker produced at an almost identical stats on a per target basis in Miami. Not sure how a WR who creates separation, has good hands and produces YAC can be overrated.
Funnyman4WI 01-17-2013 10:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.185 (total posts: 1)
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Jennings should be the first or second receiver listed. You say he is overrated because of the quarterbacks he played with, I say he is underrated because of the receivers he was forced to share the ball with. Imagine how many catches and yards he will have next season playing for the Dolphins...
@Walter 01-17-2013 09:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.211 (total posts: 1)
37     5

Both Buffalo Bills WRs David Nelson and Donald Jones are RFAs. Per the Bills official site.

http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2012/12/20/bills-free-agent-list-3/

I posted the same note in the Bills off-season page. You haven't changed it there, and you made the same mistake here. Apparently you only notice user-comments if there are grammar mistakes inside a homophobic rant.
steve 01-17-2013 08:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.112 (total posts: 1)
5     13

i give welker 5 stars in fantasy football
Run-DMG 01-17-2013 04:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.11 (total posts: 1)
82     28

"He drops lots of passes and is arguably a product of the system."

He "drops" lots of passes because he is one of the most targeted receivers in the league? And "product of the system"? This is the NFL, not college. What is this mythical "system" that NE uses?
Mr Wiggles 01-17-2013 03:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.74 (total posts: 1)
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I like how Wes Welker and Danario Alexander are both 3 star players. I agree that Welker is a little overrated but, Come on Man!
Christoph 01-17-2013 10:25 am xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 1)
13     5

4 of this years top 5 WRs are 'overrated'!
Hahahahahaha
Hahahahahaha
You're awesome Walt!
Please put 74 units on the Pats ML
You'll see

Christoph
WaltKnowsNothing 01-17-2013 10:10 am xxx.xxx.xxx.156 (total posts: 1)
35     5

So is Welker "one of the league's most overrated players"...."arguably a product of the system"...or..."a highly effective slot receiver"?

Those three comments in the same paragraph seem to contradict each other a little, no?
Joe Wallace 08-27-2012 02:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.63 (total posts: 1)
10     10

I guess the comment about Randy Moss was about another player named Moss not playing for the 49ers.
Al Vic 06-22-2012 01:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.100 (total posts: 1)
11     33

Where is Sims-Walker?
jake 05-28-2012 06:56 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.170 (total posts: 1)
54     16

RANDY MOSS SIGNED WITH 49ERS
Bryan 05-10-2012 04:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.67 (total posts: 1)
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@John - Brandon Marshall wasn't/isn't a free agent. He was traded to Chicago for a 4th round pick. C'MON MANNNN
trav 05-01-2012 09:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.39 (total posts: 1)
23     56

nobody would draft somebody so another team wont get him thats ridiculous that you would think that.
kevin 04-25-2012 03:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.206 (total posts: 1)
24     24

forgot a man named devin hester but now we have brandon marshall



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