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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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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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Matt Millen's Kielbasa Killers Fantasy Team
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)
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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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