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This free-agent class is loaded at wide receiver, and Dwayne Bowe might be the best of them.
He is not a downfield threat like Mike Wallace, nor is he a dink-and-dunk master like Wes Welker. Bowe is a big, athletic target, however, and his full potential has been masked by the quarterback play in Kansas City.
Whoever lands Bowe should be pleased, assuming he does not revert to his early-career ways.
Nailing down Welker's value is tricky. After all, he has been one of the league's most productive receivers over the past five years. But how much of that is his offense and the quarterback who throws him the ball?
Welker should be fine if he lands elsewhere, but the salary he commands might be a bit exorbitant for what any team will be getting. The Patriots are likely to retain his services, but the diminutive receiver will get some interest if he hits the open market.
What do we make of Mr. Wallace?
On the one hand, he represents a deep threat like no other in the free-agent class. On the other, he is an undersized receiver coming off a down year that included some abominable drops.
The Steelers are likely to let him walk, meaning teams like the Dolphins can go after him, but is he truly worth top dollar at his position?
Even if not, he will be a good receiver for whoever lands him—assuming Brady Quinn isn't throwing him the ball, that is.
One of the more perplexing free agents on the market hails from St. Louis.
The Rams stuck by Danny Amendola through all the injuries, and he showed promise when he was on the field. How big of an injury risk is he, though? Perhaps his physiology simply isn't cut out for the rigors of the NFL.
Still, he has talent, and teams will want to try to cash in on that. The Rams might beat everyone to the punch, however.
After years of injuries, Danario Alexander finally tasted success with the Chargers without blowing out a knee.
The big receiver oozes talent; he has simply never been able to take advantage of it because he keeps having major injuries. The restricted free agent will get a shot at some real money this offseason despite the risk thanks to his showing in 2012.
There is little doubt Greg Jennings is a good receiver, but how much of his success can be attributed to the fact he had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers throwing to him throughout his career?
The 29-year-old is a great route-runner, but he is undersized and heading into uncharted territory if he signs on with most other teams. After all, how many quarterbacks are as good as Rodgers?
Jennings has also had some injury issues over the past couple of seasons that have dinged his free-agent value.