2013 NFL Free Agents: Star WRs Who Will Find New Homes

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 11, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 23: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers hangs onto the ball as he is hit by Coty Sensabaugh #24 (L) and Alterraun Verner #20 of the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field on December 23, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Titans 55-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Free agency in the National Football League can be a little like Christmas, with star players on both sides of the ball seemingly there for the taking.

2013 is no different, with great talent existent across a myriad of positions, but particularly at wide receiver, where a number of star players could be looking for a move.

Here are some of the top WRs who'll find new homes in 2013.

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City wide receiver was one of the few good things that the Chiefs had on offense last season, but he could well see a departure with the new year arriving.

They don't have a quarterback yet on their roster that's capable of leading this team to any sort of a respectable record, and whilst Geno Smith is available in the draft, he isn't necessarily a certain lock to be the top overall pick for the Chiefs.

And if he isn't going to be, Kansas City will be largely back in the same position that it was in last year, with Bowe not getting the targets he should be getting.

The Minnesota Vikings have been linked to Bowe for a while now, with the wide receiver giving them a great complement to star Percy Harvin—either stretching out the field for him, or giving Christian Ponder a quick slant-option underneath.

And with Adrian Peterson in the form that he was last year, the Vikings are seemingly going nowhere but up at the moment, which could be a good train to be on.

Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings' move away from Lambeau field this offseason seems inevitable given all the discussion that's taken place about his probable departure.

Mike McCarthy knows he has a number of great wide receivers outside of Jennings, with the likes of Randall Cobb and Donald Driver particularly stepping up in his absence due to injury last year. And whilst the latter of that pair won't be staying on to 2013, guys like Jordy Nelson and James Jones are still there as great targets for Aaron Rodgers to hit.

If he does leave Green Bay—which is becoming more of a when rather than an if—the question about his probable destination isn't really too hard to figure out, with the Miami Dolphins seemingly the best and most logical fit for Jennings.

Ryan Tannehill looks to be the starting guy under center in Miami for some time now, and Jennings could become his new go-to guy.

Throw in the fact that former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is now the head coach at Miami and the 'Fins have plenty of cap space lying around and this one looks like a done deal in free agency this year.

Ted Ginn Jr., San Francisco 49ers

Ted Ginn Jr. had a memorable punt return during Super Bowl XLVIII that completely changed the dynamic of the game, but he could be looking for a move away from the Niners coming into free agency to see where he could end up.

His father recently spoke out about his son's desire to play more as a wide receiver and not just as a specialist punt or kick returner, but obviously that the latter would come into play also. And to that end, staying in San Francisco isn't the best option.

Jim Harbaugh has plenty of wideouts at his disposal, so it might be okay to let Ginn walk—something that could interest teams that are in need of a No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver, but that could also use a new guy back there returning punts and kicks.

The Detroit Lions are a big name that come to mind as a good fit for Ginn, who would be the No. 2 guy opposite star wide receiver Calvin Johnson. His presence would either attract more defensive attention for him and less for Megatron (which is a good thing for Detroit) or he would find himself in single coverage more often than not, and therefore more likely to be open (which is a good thing for Ginn).

Moving from the runner-ups in the Super Bowl to the woeful Detroit Lions might seem like a step down, but this team really isn't that far away from making the playoffs again.

The presence of Ginn might just change that in 2013.

Which star wide receivers can you see making a move in 2013 free agency?

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