2012 NFL Free Agents: Wide Receivers Not Worth the Risk

Scott Semmler@@ScottSemmler22Analyst IIFebruary 18, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers scores a touchdown on an 11-yard pass in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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It could be the personality or style of play, but the wide receivers in this NFL free agent class are a gamble and will ruin teams if acquired this offseason.

It is one of the better free agent classes in recent memory, but a few stick out like sore thumbs if given money and a bad opportunity next season.

Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe are secure locks to succeed with any team that picks them up for a hefty amount of money, which it will take to land either of them, but free agency is littered with big mouths that can tear franchises apart.


Vincent Jackson

Jackson's antics with his contract were well publicized in 2010, as he held out of training camp after not getting his desired long-term contract from the San Diego Chargers.

Being the estimated fourth or fifth best wide receiver in free agency this offseason, Jackson is not going to like his pickings after Bowe, Wallace and Colston get their money. This could cause a grumpy Jackson, and we all know how that ends.

It is best to stay away from him and let the Chargers re-sign their longtime wideout.


Steve Johnson

Johnson is the best wide receiver the Bills have and will be getting some looks this offseason if not retained by the team.

However, Johnson has been overrated this past season, somehow being thrown in the "top 10 wide receivers in the NFL" discussion without much of anything to show for it. He may be best known for his Twitter antics if anything.

Johnson is not scary fast, does not have great size and tends to average a few dropped balls per game, which is why he is accurately projected as the sixth or seventh best wide receiver this offseason.

If he was smart, he would stick with the Bills for another season.


Wes Welker

Welker will not ruin a team with his mouth or style of play, but his game fits to one team and one team only: The New England Patriots.

In reality, he fits with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's system, and any other contract he accepts with any other team will not make him the same player next season.

There are only a handful of quarterbacks who can hit a receiver as perfectly and consistently as Brady and Welker needs that in order to succeed in the NFL. If Welker and the Patriots were smart, they would stick together because he is only as good as Brady and Belichik make him out to be.