It’s never too early to start talking about NFL free agency. If your team is like mine and you have already packed in the season seven games in, here is your hope. Our seven part series highlighting the top free agents by position should give you some hope. Here’s a look at the wide receivers and tight ends:
The Wide Receivers
Wes Welker, New England Patriots
There’s a better chance the Pats trade Tom Brady than letting Wes Welker go in free agency. The dynamic slot receiver is Tom Brady’s favorite target and the goal of the Pats is to keep Tom Brady happy. They do so by re-signing Welker.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
KC would be nuts to let Bowe leave via free agency. At the beginning of the 2011 season, I would have thought the Chiefs would have looked at a fire sale but given where they are at now, they probably look to retain the talented receiver. Bowe is going to want top dollar but he’s a legitimate number one receiver.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson is looking for a big payday which may not come in Philadelphia. Jackson is a homerun threat but doesn’t possess the size necessary to be a true number one receiver. The organization refused to cave on his offseason demands and may play hardball with Jackson. Jackson is perfect for Philly’s system but he won’t be at the top of every team’s priority list because of all the things he’s not going to do.
Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers
We will see what San Diego really thinks of Jackson this offseason. They have hesitated to pay Jackson at the level he is looking in the past because his off-the-field activities and injuries. This offseason they will be forced to either re-up Jackson or let him leave via free agency.
Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick just received a big payday and it could be Stevie’s turn next. Johnson and Fitzpatrick are key to the Bills passing attack and I don’t think they will let him walk.
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts will have some tough decisions to make in the offseason. The largest one looming is what to do with Reggie Wayne. Wayne will turn 34 next season and he’s definitely lost a step. With Robert Mathis also looking for a new contract the Colts could be forced to let Wayne walk. They have very little quality depth at the position which could force them to re-sign Wayne. This one’s 50/50 at this point.
Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
When healthy, Colston is a major threat for defenses to game plan for. Colston will be 29 next season and he hasn’t proven he’s able to stay healthy over the course of a 16 game season. The Saints would love to retain Colston but at what cost will remain the question. They also have Robert Meachem potentially hitting free agency.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Garcon is the youngest of the three Colts receivers due to hit free agency. He may also be the most talented. Garcon will be 26 next season and will intrigue a bunch of teams if the Colts decide to go in a different direction. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Free Agent Wide Receivers and Tight Ends»