NFL Free Agency 2013: Teams in Desperate Need of a Star Wide Receiver

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 24, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings signals during a game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)
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Teams around the league will enter the NFL offseason desperate to improve, or build further, on what they saw displayed throughout the 2012 season.

2013 is a brand new year—something that many teams will be wanting to come around very quickly—and thus provides brand new opportunities for players to excel and shine. Those opportunities might come for different teams should a move transpire sometime in the offseason.

Star offensive threats are hard to come by in the NFL, especially ones that are available for purchase on the NFL free-agent market. For several stars to be potentially up for grabs at wide receiver (Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Miles Austin) is both a rare and exciting occurrence.

Which teams could make a play at some of those big names? Read on to see the teams desperately in need of a star WR over the 2013 NFL Free-Agency period.


Miami Dolphins

Miami seemingly made the right move in the 2012 NFL Draft bringing in Ryan Tannehill, with the rookie proving that he can make big throws down the field.

Now what he needs is a better target to throw the ball to. This is especially true if Brian Hartline leaves, and running back Reggie Bush departs from the team also.

Joe Philbin knows how to run a successful offense and what pieces are needed. Don't be surprised to see a big-name wide receiver make the move to the Dolphins, with Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings both touted as potential signings.


Buffalo Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown throughout his tenure in Buffalo that he can become a dynamic passer and mix it with Tom Brady when he comes to town. That is, provided his wide recievers are showing up when he needs them do.

Stevie Johnson is an obvious option for him to go to, but the Bills would become even more effective if they had a legitimate threat at the No. 2 position. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson will always be threats in the backfield for the Bills, but their offense could be truly deadly if they had another WR.

The Bills would be the clear No. 2 pick in the AFC East, and a candidate for an outside chance to nab a wild card berth in 2013 if their offense starts to click.


Minnesota Vikings

Much of the Minnesota Vikings' needs in free agency are seemingly dependent on whether they let star wide receiver Percy Harvin go.

If they let him walk, yes, there is a glaring need for help on the offensive side of things, and the Vikings will definitely make a move for someone. However, even if he stays, Minnesota really needs to pick up a good No. 2 guy and give Christian Ponder some realistic options this year.

The Vikings tried to do that when they signed Jerome Simpson in 2012, but that didn't really work out for the NFC North contenders. Had it not been for Adrian Peterson's best year as a pro, Minnesota wouldn't have even come close to the playoffs and big questions would have been asked as to how to improve a "struggling" offense without any legitimate threats.

Peterson probably won't rush for 2,000 yards in 2013—meaning that Ponder needs to throw the ball well. To do that, he needs another option to complement Harvin.

If he loses the former Florida Gator, that need becomes even greater


Which teams do you think have the biggest need for a WR this year?

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