2013 NFL Free Agents: Power Ranking WRs Set to Hit Open Market

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 27, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after being shaken up on a fourth quarter play while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 12, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 16-13 in overtime.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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This is a good offseason for NFL teams in need of talent at wide receiver, as there are some quality pass-catchers set to hit free agency. 

The depth of talent available here should keep prices on these guys out of the "you-have-to-drastically-overpay-for-him" range. 

So, if your favorite team has a hole to fill at wide receiver and some extra cap room, count your lucky stars; this offseason, being in the market for a receiver may be a good problem to have.

Here are the top four wideouts that many teams would love to acquire.


No. 4: Mike Wallace, 26 years old, 6'0", 199 pounds

Mike Wallace is a big play waiting to happen. Unfortunately, that holds true for both teams involved in his game.

Wallace has the speed and athleticism that allows him to be a deep threat on every snap. However, he also has the balky hands and wandering mind that mean he can break his team's back with a huge drop.

The Steelers would be nuts to use the franchise tag on this inconsistent player, and he is surely headed to the free-agent market. 

Wallace comes with a high ceiling and he is the youngest player on this list. However, his inconsistency makes him a risk and relegates him to the fourth spot in these rankings. 


No. 3: Wes Welker, 31 years old, 5'9", 185 pounds

When talking about Welker, critics love to throw out that his huge numbers are more a product of the system he is in than his talent.

That is bogus.

Welker isn't running routes that aren't found in offenses all over the league. Yes, he does have a fantastic quarterback, but Welker is good at creating space, making the quarterback's job that much easier.

Still, Welker is getting up there in age at 31 and he lacks big-play ability. That keeps him behind the other two receivers on this list.

Nevertheless, Welker would be a great add as a reliable slot weapon for any offense.


No. 2: Greg Jennings, 29 years old, 5'11", 198 pounds

Chances are Jennings will find a new team next season. The Packers have good depth at the position and more pressing needs in other areas. As a result, they will be priced out of the bidding war for Jennings.

Jennings has struggled with injuries and has missed 11 regular-season games in the past two years. However, when he is on the field, he is a reliable receiver.

This is not a player that is going to stretch the field, but Jennings runs precise routes, has good hands and a natural feeling to find the soft spot in the zone.


No. 1: Dwayne Bowe, 28 years old, 6'2", 222 pounds

Bowe is the complete package and he is in the prime of his career. There is also little chance that the rebuilding Chiefs will make much of an effort to bring him back. 

He can play on the inside or outside and he is a threat all over the field. Bowe has good speed for his size and knows how to use his body.

He certainly doesn't have the greatest stat line of the players on this list, but he also has been working with terrible quarterbacks.

Put Bowe on a good offense with a legitimate NFL quarterback and he will explode.