NFL Free Agents 2013: WRs Who Aren't Worth Spending Big Money On

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 6, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to avoid being tackled after making a catch against Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Plenty of big-name wide receivers are available in NFL free agency this year, but that doesn't necessarily mean that all are worth trying to nab.

In fact, several of the top names that seem like quality signings would be the exact opposite given their contract needs, especially compared to their projected value and production on the field in 2013.

Below are three of the better available wide receivers in free agency this season that teams should avoid.


Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers

Wide receiver Greg Jennings will leave the Packers in 2013 after the franchise decided not to place the franchise tag on him. The team is not expected to offer him a new contract for the year ahead. Considering the mega-dollars that Jennings is commanding and the contract needs ahead for Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, that's a good idea for Green Bay.

However, NFL teams around the league need to be very wary of what they're doing with Jennings, who will command a very high salary in 2013. 

The veteran wide receiver might not be as strong away from Rodgers next year, and with injuries always a factor following his struggles last year, it's definitely worth taking a second look before immediately pulling the trigger on a big deal for the Pro Bowl wide receiver.


Brandon Tate, Cincinnati Bengals

The first thing that many will be thinking here is that Brandon Tate wouldn't command big money, for he's just not a great player. And you'd be right.

But oftentimes, players like Tate pique the interest of some teams, as he's just 25 years old, has some decent speed and has flashed as a deep threat on occasion.

Nevertheless, the Bengals wide receiver is simply not worth taking the gamble on this year at all, following his lack of production on the outside. He can't blame Andy Dalton's lack of success for that now either, given how strong we know Dalton can be throwing outside to the likes of A.J. Green.

Tate should still land a deal with a receiver needy club, but there are plenty of mediocre wide receivers who are available for much better value than him.


Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings

Simpson is an interesting case. At 6'2" and 190 pounds, he has decent size to play out wide and certainly has the speed to get downfield. He's 27 years old and does have some potential.

However, he largely disappointed with the Vikings in 2012, as he was expected to build off his solid 2011 campaign in Cincinnati.

The success of Percy Harvin shows that Christian Ponder isn't completely inept under center for the Vikings, like Simpson's poor numbers might have you suggest, and the reality is that he simply never became the go-to guy that Minnesota wanted.

Simpson might entice teams, but he isn't worth a big contract 2013. One flip over a defender doesn't negate the lackluster year that he had last season for the Vikings, and teams must be wary in offering him big money in 2013 only to not produce small numbers all over again.


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