With free agency set to kick off on March 12, the market for wide receivers is starting to look full of fruitful opportunities for teams in need of catching.
While some of the players who have recently announced that they will be testing the free-agent market will most likely end up staying with their respective teams, there are several top receivers who seem to be on their way to a new franchise.
Here are the top three receivers on the free-agent market.
The Green Bay Packers opted to not use the franchise tag on Greg Jennings, and he will become a free agent on March 12.
While Jennings is an incredibly talented receiver who would be a welcome addition to many NFL offenses, there are factors that could make some franchises shy away from the 29-year-old. First of all, Jennings has had injury problems, which has limited his playing time over the last two seasons. Last year, he caught 36 receptions for 366 yards and four touchdowns in eight games.
Secondly, he is reportedly looking for a contract that will give him $ 12 million a year.
That said, while Jennings might have to lower his demand, he shouldn’t have any problems finding a suitor.
Mike Wallace might not be on the market for very long, as the Miami Dolphins have already made it clear that he is their No. 1 target at wide receiver.
After racking up more than 1,000 yards receiving in 2010 and 2011, Wallace’s production was down to 836 yards during last season. However, he had the same number of touchdown catches last year as he did during the 2011 season.
Wes Welker is the most interesting free agent this year. He’s been Tom Brady’s go-to receiver, and he led the team in receptions, receiving yards and yards after catch last season.
If Welker leaves New England, it will hurt the team's offense, but Bill Belichick will adjust if he has to. Losing Welker might even permit the Patriots to sign a deep threat.
It’s hard to see why Welker would want to sign with another team considering how he thrives in the Patriots offense.
For rivaling NFL franchises, on the other hand, there is only an upside. They will undoubtedly throw their money at Welker once he becomes a free agent in order to persuade one of the best receivers in the league to join their roster.