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Out of the vast array of free agent wide receivers in 2012, there are six players that carry different degrees of risk, and we will address each one briefly. The six in question are: Braylon Edwards, DeSean Jackson, Roy Williams, Randy Moss, Lee Evans and Steve Johnson.
Braylon Edwards: Edwards battled a number of injuries in 2011, so any team that is looking at him as a viable wide receiver will need to do a very thorough medical exam. The Jets are reportedly interested in reuniting Edwards with Mark Sanchez, according to this report from the New York Daily News. Edwards only managed 15 catches for the year, with no touchdowns and a career-low average of just 12.1 yards per catch.
DeSean Jackson: It is still not clear if the Eagles want to sign DeSean Jackson to keep him, or to deal him in a sign-and-trade. Either way, Jackson is a risky free agent due to his questionable attitude that he displayed throughout the 2011 season. He is a me-first and team-second kind of player, and there aren't many NFL locker rooms that would welcome a player like that.
Roy Williams: This former first-round pick has failed to crack 600 yards in receptions in four-straight seasons and has played for three different teams since he was drafted. Production issues are the risk here.
Randy Moss: There are teams interested in checking out free agent Randy Moss. After a less-than-inspired 2010 season that saw Moss wear uniforms of three different teams, one has to wonder how much the former star wideout has left in the tank. He had trouble separating from coverage in 2010, so what has changed in two years to make him any better now?
Lee Evans: After many years as the No. 1 receiver in Buffalo, Evans experienced a rough 2011 season with the Baltimore Ravens. Injured for most of the year, Evans only had four catches in the regular season and then had the costly dropped pass in the playoff game against the New England Patriots. Is Evans done, or can he bounce back in 2012? Confidence will play a big role in answering this question.
Steve Johnson: Two straight 1,000-yard seasons makes Johnson an attractive free-agent option, but the touchdown celebration antics and key dropped passes break your heart. Consistency and maturity issues are the potential red flags that teams need to be worried about here.