5 Free-Agent Wide Receivers New England Patriots Should Consider Signing

Nick LantzCorrespondent IIFebruary 27, 2013

5 Free-Agent Wide Receivers New England Patriots Should Consider Signing

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    Wide receiver needs to be a priority for the New England Patriots this offseason.

    With a number of productive receivers on the free-agent market, the Pats must bring in reliable targets for Tom Brady.

    Since Brady recently restructured his contract, the Patriots can now use the spare cash to spend on quality free agents.

    Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Deion Branch and Donte' Stallworth are all at the end of their contracts and are set to be on the market next month.

    The Patriots have not had a legitimate deep threat since Randy Moss. Adding a speedy receiver should be a priority for the Pats.

    Here are five free-agent wide receivers the Patriots should strongly consider signing.

Wes Welker

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    During his time in New England Wes Welker has put up unbelievable numbers.

    He has been one of the best slot receivers in football since teaming up with Brady.

    The most difficult decision the Patriots have to make this offseason is whether or not to re-sign Welker.

    Now at the age of 31, it is tough to say how many more productive seasons Welker has left in him.

    The Patriots have been wary of signing him to a long-term deal so far, but it is tough to ignore a guy who consistently catches over 100 passes for more than 1,000 yards each season.

    The Boston Herald recently reported that the Pats are currently discussing a contract extension with Welker.

    The fact is Welker brings so much to this Patriots team, remaining one of the league's elite wideouts.

Mike Wallace

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    Bringing in a guy like Mike Wallace would do wonders for an offense that is already remarkable.

    His speed would open up even more opportunities for the Patriots' offense.

    Brady has already shown what he can do with a deep threat, throwing 50 touchdown passes in 2007 with Randy Moss to throw to.

    Wallace caught 32 touchdowns in his first four seasons in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    He is one of the fastest players in the NFL and has game-changing ability.

    Unfortunately, Wallace might be just out of the Patriots' price range, especially if they re-sign Welker or Aqib Talib.

    However, if the team decides to part ways with Brandon Lloyd, then maybe the Pats would turn to Wallace.

Danny Amendola

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    Danny Amendola would be an intriguing pickup for the Patriots.

    If the team decides to let go of Welker or Edelman, Amendola could fill the void at the slot nicely.

    He would be a very reliable set of hands for Brady to target.

    Last season Amendola caught 63 passes for 666 yards and three touchdowns for the St. Louis Rams.

    The problem with this receiver is his prior injuries. He played in just 11 games last season, and even worse, he only played one game in 2011.

    Amendola would not be too expensive for the Pats and would be a solid addition if things do not work out with Welker.

Greg Jennings

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    The Patriots are very thin at wide receiver and need to add some talent at the position.

    Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers would be an interesting addition.

    He has shown that he can be one of the league's best, topping 1,000 yards receiving three years in a row from 2008 through 2010.

    The issue here is that Jennings missed some serious time last season. He made only five starts in 2012 due to a groin injury.

    Jennings could make the Patriots' passing game even stronger.

    He may want a rather large contract, though, which would be a major risk with him coming off an injury.

Dwayne Bowe

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    Dwayne Bowe is one of the best free agents potentially available this offseason.

    Bowe has had the misfortune of playing with the Kansas City Chiefs, who now may be looking for a new quarterback in this year's draft.

    He still managed to perform well on the field even with the likes of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn at quarterback.

    In his five seasons with the Chiefs, Bowe has racked up 5,728 receiving yards and 39 touchdowns as the team's primary target.

    Imagine how great Bowe's numbers would be if he had a quarterback like Brady.

    Coming to New England would be one of the best opportunities for Bowe.