2013 NFL Free Agents: Predicting Landing Spots for Top Available Wide Receivers

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 19, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a catch against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The wide-receiver position has the deepest free-agent class for 2013 with a handful of big-name players expected to join new clubs. The market will likely depend on the first player to sign, and the pieces will fall from there. 

Teams may opt to wait until the draft to get wide receivers, but with the quality of free agents, it's safe to assume most teams will pursuit free agents. As always with negotiations, things could change quickly, and teams could re-sign their soon-to-be free-agent players. 


Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers to Miami Dolphins

The Green Bay Packers wide receiver is very likely to leave, with the Packers unlikely to pay top dollar for Jennings with a number of other options at the position. Jennings doesn't come as a sure thing, as the 29-year-old has struggled with injuries over the last two seasons. He has missed 11 games over the last two seasons with various injuries.

When he's been on the field, however, Jennings has been extremely productive. 

The Dolphins would seem to be the most logical fit for Jennings. They need a wide receiver and would likely be willing to shell out top dollar for one.

Jennings has connections to the Dolphins, as head coach Joe Philbin was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay before leaving for Miami. 


Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers to San Diego Chargers

Wallace is expected to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers after a contract dispute last season and his falling out of order with the emergence of other options. A fresh start would probably be the best thing possible for Wallace, although a return to Pittsburgh shouldn't be ruled out.

The San Diego Chargers would love to add a deep threat to their offense, and Wallace fits the bill perfectly. They are looking to re-tool Philip Rivers, and giving him a legitimate deep threat could do wonders.

The new regime will look to make a splash by signing Wallace. 


Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs to Minnesota Vikings

Bowe had seemingly out-stayed his welcome in Kansas City, but a new regime could mean the possibility of Bowe being back on the Chiefs.

Despite the possibility, Bowe could still benefit from a change of scenery. The Vikings would offer that and more, with an offense ready to emerge. 

The Vikings need a wide receiver to give Christian Ponder a legitimate option when teams stack the box against Adrian Peterson. Adding Bowe would make the Vikings offense much better and take pressure off Ponder. 


Wes Welker, New England Patriots

It seemed early this year that Wes Welker would certainly be leaving New England once the offseason hit.

That doesn't seem to be the case now, as Welker has been a huge part of New England's success and late-playoff run this season. The Patriots need to sign Welker to a long-term deal to avoid paying an increased franchise tag.

They get it done and bring Welker back to Foxborough.