2012 NFL Free Agents: Top Receivers Who Will Help a Lucky Team Lift off
NFL free agency is officially upon us, with several big names available this year, including some big-time receivers.
Even after the New Orleans Saints reportedly re-signed Marques Colston to a five-year, $40 million deal on Tuesday, there are plenty of star wideouts for teams to choose from as free agency gets underway.
Here's a look at receivers who are bound to make their future teams happy.
3. Brandon Lloyd
Brandon Lloyd showed promise with the San Francisco 49ers in his first three seasons in the league, then blossomed down the line with the Denver Broncos before joining the St. Louis Rams last season.
In the 2010-2011 season, Lloyd racked up 77 catches for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns. He followed that up with 70 catches 966 yards and five touchdowns in split duty with the Broncos and Rams last season.
2. Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne may be 33 years old now, but the bottom line is that this guy's a player...and he knows it.
Wayne is a five-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion. After seven straight seasons of 1,000 yards or more, Wayne barely missed the mark last season with 960 yards. Of course, he had no one to throw him the ball with Manning out.
I still consider Wayne a top wideout in the league who can be a game-changer, and there are plenty of NFL teams who feel the same way.
1. Vincent Jackson
Who will sign Vincent Jackson?
It was only a matter of time before Vincent Jackson left the San Diego Chargers.
Now is that time.
Jackson is not only one of the premier possession receivers in the NFL, he's shown the ability to make big plays down the field. He had 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Chargers.
Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole reported on Monday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills would pursue Jackson in free agency.
But the Bears just traded for Brandon Marshall so it's likely they're out of the running.
Jackson is a legit No. 1 receiver who could make a big difference in Tampa or Buffalo.
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