Tuck: 2013 NFL Free Agents- Wide Receivers
This will be an interesting offseason in free agency where some of the games best receivers will be available. The Miami Dolphins would sit near the top of teams that will certainly be interested in making an investment to help along their rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
To get an idea what the price tag might be, I think the best reference point is probably what Tampa Bay signed Vincent Jackson for last offseason. Vincent Jackson got a 5-year deal for $55 million.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay - Jennings would be a great asset to a quarterback that plays with timing and accuracy plus he already is familiar with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin who was the offensive coordinator with the Packers. Green Bay has depth at WR with Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and the up-and-coming Randall Cobb to they may have no choice but part ways with Jennings who has had a rough year with injuries. He is 29 and will turn 30 during the next football season.
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh - After a rough offseason and holdout Wallace has had a disappointing season for the Steelers. Pittsburgh paid Antonio Brown, but don’t have any other young options on the team the way they had Wallace when the traded Santonio Holmes. He is one of the fastest receivers in the league, but not quite as refined in other areas so he may not necessarily qualify as a go-to guy. He is 26 and will turn 27 before the start of next season.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City- He’s a big body and a good route runner and does an excellent job of catching the ball in traffic. He has succeeded with, ahem, less than stellar quarterbacks throwing him the ball. The Chiefs have a lot of work to do and dumping money into an unhappy receiver probably won’t be in their best interest. Bowe is 28 and turns 29 before the start of next season.
Wes Welker, New England- The former Dolphin, could be making a return engagement. With Julian Edelman, despite being injured and out the rest of the season, showing growth as a player, the Patriots may let Welker walk as many assume. Two problems here, first he is strictly a slot receiver, and second he will be 32 before the start of next year. Invest carefully.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis - The Rams and Amendola have said all the right things about him staying, but he has shown to be brittle, or at least unlucky. Doesn’t seem like answer for Miami, but at the right price would be a nice fit for any offense running from the slot.