NFL Free Agency: Brandon Lloyd and 3 Best Wide Receivers Still Available

Justin KeithCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams runs against the Dallas Cowboys runs down the field against  at Cowboys Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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Well, that was fast. 

Less than 24 hours removed from the start of free agency, most of the top-tier wide receivers are off the market. 

Vincent Jackson inked a 5-year deal with Tampa Bay, while Marques Colston and Reggie Wayne re-signed with the Saints and Colts, respectively. 

Today, Brandon Lloyd is the top wideout remaining on the market and he'll have plenty of potential suitors. 

Lloyd is already on his way to visit the 49ers in the Bay Area, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. In addition, he has already expressed interest in being reunited with Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots. Lloyd would give both teams a solid No. 1 wideout to add to their offenses. 

However, Lloyd isn't the only quality receiver left on the market. Let's take a look at three others who could be valuable additions to NFL teams. 


Mario Manningham

Manningham was one of the heroes of Super Bowl XLVI and would be a nice pickup for a team looking for a second or third option at wideout.

At the end of February, Manningham said he was "75 percent" sure he would leave the Giants, opening the door for other teams to swoop in and pick him up.

Manningham had 39 receptions for 523 yards and four touchdowns in 2011 for the Giants. 

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 06:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the game on November 6, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/G
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Mike Wallace

Wallace is one of the premier deep-threats in all of football. 

He has the ability to blow the top off opposing defenses, but would come at a steep price for any team wanting to sign him. 

Teams would have to give the Steelers a first-round pick if they signed him away, and pay him big money to leave Pittsburgh. 

Wallace is worth the gamble. He has the ability to be a game-changing wideout.


Laurent Robinson

Robinson isn't the big-name receiver all teams drool over, but he has the capability of being a quality addition to an offense. 

He has the ability to stretch the field with his speed and would be a solid third option at wideout. 

Robinson is expected to meet with Jacksonville on the first stop on his free agent tour.