NFL Free Agency 2013: 3 Valuable Game-Breakers on the Market

Ryan DavenportContributor IMarch 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins gets bumped late after an 18-yard touchdown run by Cassius Vaughn #32 of the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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In less than two weeks, it will be open season for all of the NFL's 32 teams, as free agency officially begins on March 14. 

As usual, there is a wide variety of complementary pieces up for grabs. But it's also worth noting that there are a number of star-caliber talents who will be up for bidding when the NFL opens its gates. 

No, there aren't any franchise quarterbacks or saviors available, but that doesn't mean there aren't any game-breakers waiting for a shot with a new team. 

Here's a look at some of the top names that will be taking calls from general managers this month. 


Wes Welker

To the naked eye, the New England Patriots would be crazy not to re-sign five-time All-Pro wide receiver Wes Welker. Quite simply, he's one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the game. 

After winning three Super Bowls in four years a decade ago, Tom Brady's play hasn't regressed, but he isn't exactly breaking records either, and he's incorporating his pair of standout tight ends into the passing game more than ever. 

Welker is a franchise player. He's a guy who can consistently produce more than 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns a season. Although he's had a couple of untimely drops in big games, there's no doubting this guy's talent, and, more importantly, his heart. 


Dwayne Bowe

With Alex Smith set to join the fold, one would think that the Kansas City Chiefs are chomping at the bit to re-sign the former All-Pro wide receiver.

But the former LSU Tiger remains unsigned, and after a tumultuous season for the entire franchise, even with Smith's arrival, Bowe could be longing for a fresh start. 

Sure, he suffered through a down year in 2012, with just three touchdown receptions and 801 receiving yards, but that doesn't mean the 28-year-old won't be a hot commodity this month. 


Reggie Bush

Did Reggie Bush ever become the superstar the New Orleans Saints expected when they drafted him No. 1 overall in 2006? No. 

But does that mean that Bush isn't an elite player, worthy of a two-year deal from a team in need of offense, especially after a renaissance year for the shifty running back? No. 

Will there be suitors for Bush when free agency opens? You'd better believe it.