There are a couple of Free Agents that would instantly improve the receiving corp. The top 3 would require a big-time contract… comparable to the contracts signed by Brandon Marshall (5 years, 47.3M) and Vincent Jackson (5 years, 55.55M).
Greg Jennings (5’11″ 197lbs 4.42 9/21/83) - Jennings would probably prefer to stay in GB, but it might not work financially. To get his money he will probably have to go elsewhere. Some quick facts: he currently makes $7M/year, will be 30 years old next season, previously played for Joe Philbin in GB, and finally, his sister called Aaron Rodgers “overrated” on Twitter. Jennings is the oldest and shortest of the top FAs.
Mike Wallace (6’01″ 199lbs 4.28 8/1/86) - Wallace held out most of the offseason in hopes of a new contract (rumor was he wanted a $100M deal). Pitt, instead, paid Antonio Brown (6 years, 43M) so it’s unlikely they sign Wallace to the big contract he desires. Wallace is the youngest & fastest (by far) of the top FAs. His speed would open up the field by making defenses cheat backwards. (UPDATE: it was reported 1/16/13 that Wallace will be an UFA)
Dwayne Bowe (6’02″ 221lbs 4.51 9/21/84) - Bowe just completed a 1 year, 9.5M franchise tag deal. Kansas City is blowing everything up this offseason, and Bowe would be wise to bolt for greener pastures. At 29 years old next season, maybe he would like to playout his remaining days in his hometown of Miami, FL. Bowe is the tallest/heaviest of the top FAs… and also the slowest.
Wes Welker (5″9″ 185lbs 4.65 5/1/81) - With Davone Bess under contract, Welker isn’t really an option in Miami.
Josh Cribbs (6’01′ 215lbs 4.55 6/9/83) - At 30 years old, and more of a returner than WR, I don’t see Miami having much interest in Cribbs. He would have to come rather cheap to be an attractive option.
Danny Amendola (5’11″ 188lbs 4.58 11/2/85) - Danny and Hartline could be twins. Hartline is 3 inches taller, and a tick faster… but there play is very similar. I expect Amendola to re-up with the Rams, and don’t really see him as an option in Miami.
Kevin Ogletree (6’01″ 189lbs 4.46 8/5/87) - Ireland is still GM… Ogletree played in Dallas… need I say more?
There are some playmakers in the 2013 Draft, but most agree there aren’t any top-flight receivers in this class. This section will be a work in progress as we get closer to April’s draft. I will update this section with my thoughts on these players as I do more research on them. But for now, here are their stats for the ’12 season and in some cases, a video of their work.
Keenan Allen (6’02″ 206lbs 4.53u) - Cal: 61 Receptions 737 Yards 6 TDs (9 Games) Video
Terrance Williams (6’02″ 209lbs 4.52) - Baylor: 97 Receptions 1832 Yards 12 TDs Video
Robert Woods (6’00″ 201lbs 4.51) - USC: 76 Receptions 846 Yards 11 TDs Video
Tavon Austin (5’09″ 174lbs 4.34) -West Virginia: 114 Receptions 1289 Yards 12 TDs Video
Cordarrelle Patterson (6’02″ 216lbs 4.42) - Tenn: 46 Receptions 778 Yards 5 TDs Video
DeAndre Hopkins (6’01″ 214lbs 4.57) - Clemson: 82 Receptions 1405 Yards 18 TDs Video
Marquise Goodwin (5’09″ 183lbs 4.27) - Texas: 26 Receptions 340 Yards 3 TDs Video
Justin Hunter (6’04″ 196lbs 4.44) - Tenn: 73 Receptions 1083 Yards 9 TDs Video
Da’Rick Rogers (6’02″ 217lbs 4.52) - Tenn Tech: 67 Receptions 1040 Yards 9 TDs Video
Markus Wheaton (5’11″ 189lbs 4.45) - Oregon St: 91 Receptions 1244 Yards 11 TDs Video
Quinton Patton (6’00″ 204lbs 4.53) - Lousiana Tech: 104 Receptions 1392 Yards 13 TDs Video
Cobi Hamilton (6’02″ 212lbs 4.56) - Ark: 90 Receptions 1335 Yards 5 TDs Video
Stedman Bailey (5’10″ 193lbs 4.52) - West Virginia: 114 Receptions 1622 Yards 25 TDs Video
Kenny Stills (6’01″ 194lbs 4.38) - Okla: 82 Receptions 959 Yards 11 TDs Video
Ryan Swope (6’00″ 205lbs 4.34) - Texas AM: 72 Receptions 913 Yards 8 TDs Video
Aaron Dobson (6’03″ 210lbs 4.53u) - Marshall: 57 Receptions 697 Yards 3 TDs (10 Games) Video
Jordan Matthews (6’03″ 205lbs N/A) - Vandy: 94 Receptions 1323 Yards 8 TDs Video
This is the least likeliest way the Fins will find a WR… but it’s worth exploring. Here are some receivers that I would consider.
Desean Jackson (5’10″ 175lbs 4.35 12/1/86) - Jackson just signed a 5 year, $51M deal last season… but with a new regime coming to Philly, he could be moved. The compensation would be great, but Desean stretches the field extremely well. Durability is his biggest question mark… but if utilized properly he could avoid injury ala Marvin Harrison. (UPDATE: Philly hired Chip Kelly as HC… Desean should fit in perfectly with what Chip wants to do. Unless Chip views Desean as a veteran/cancer he won’t be moved)
Jeremy Maclin (6’00″ 198lbs 4.45 5/11/88) – Much like Jackson, he could be moved by the new regime. His rookie contract expires after ’13.
Kenny Britt (6’03″ 215lbs 4.47 9/19/88) - Britt was suspended the first 4 games of ’12 for run-ins with the law. Tennessee has a couple of young WRs in the fold, and would consider moving Britt for the right price. A change of scenery could do Britt good, but could he avoid the pitfalls of South Beach? (UPDATE: Since adding Kenny to this list, he was involved in an incident in NJ where police wanted to question him.)
Andre Roberts (5’11″ 195lbs 4.46 1/9/86) - Roberts is a young, up-and-coming WR. The QB situation in Arizona was garbage… but he put up decent numbers opposite Larry Fitzgerald (including 118 yards & 2 TDs against Miami). Another regime change… coupled with the selection of Michael Floyd last year could make Roberts expendable for the right draft pick(s).