2013 NFL Free Agents: Breaking Down Best Wide Receivers on This Summer's Market

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 26, 2013

Dwayne Bowe most likely won't stay in Kansas City this offseason. Where will he fall?
Dwayne Bowe most likely won't stay in Kansas City this offseason. Where will he fall?Jamie Squire/Getty Images

As the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens prepare for the Super Bowl, other teams have started to look into free agency options for their team. 

While teams begin to investigate the free agency market, there are many teams in search of a big play wide receiver who can take their team from pretender to contender immediately. 

There are a few huge names floating around free agency talks at the wide receiver position. 

Here are four wide receivers that could be huge pickups this summer. 

Dwayne Bowe

Bowe has been one of the Chiefs biggest names since he came into the league six years ago. Bowe has had a few down years since his amazing 2010 season when he put up over 1,100 yards and hauled in 15 touchdowns.

Since 2010, he's caught just eight touchdown passes in two seasons, with no thanks to Kansas City's quarterback struggles. 

The former LSU tiger might be struggling, but he could be a huge pickup for a number of NFL teams who are looking to get a reliable wide receiver. Bowe has 39 touchdown catches and over 5,700 yards since coming into the league in 2007 and would be a great addition to a number of NFL teams. Bowe is the kind of player who can make a perennial middle of the road team into a true contender. 

Wes Welker

Welker had another solid season for Tom Brady and the Patriots, putting up almost 1,400 yards and six touchdowns. Welker is a great slot receiver and has hauled in over 100 catches in all but one of his seasons with New England. Welker has been one of the most reliable and consistent receivers in the NFL. 

The former Dolphin came to the Pats in 2007 and has been a star ever since. Welker would be a welcome addition to any NFL team looking for a consistent and reliable option at wideout. Welker would be great for a team that already has a downfield threat so Welker can focus on the short passing game, where he thrives. 

The, as Tom Brady puts it, "Heart and Soul" of the Patriots, will be a hot commodity in free agency this year (via CBS Sports). 

Mike Wallace

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "I don't think we have too many franchise players." Because of those words it looks like Wallace won't get the Steeler's franchise tag during the offseason. 

Wallace had one of the worst seasons of his short career in 2012, putting up career lows in yards, average yards per catch and touchdowns since his rookie season. Though Wallace's numbers might not have been amazing this season, he still hauled in over 100 catches for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns. 

Wallace is a huge threat down the field and would be a huge addition to any NFL team. 

Greg Jennings

Jennings has been a member of the Packers for his entire seven-year NFL career. In Green Bay this season, Jennings battled injuries and played in just eight games. In his eight games he caught 36 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. 

It appears that the Green Bay mainstay will finally venture out into the NFL during the offseason. Jennings has been a little beat up for the past few seasons, but when he's healthy he's one of the best route-running wideouts in all of football and can be a big threat down the field. 

Jennings is another receiver that could make a huge impact for a middle-of-the-road NFL team who just needs a reliable receiver to turn things around.