2013 NFL Free Agent Predictions: Projecting Homes for Market's Top WRs

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The free-agent market for wide receivers is going to be intense. 

There are some real difference makers available on the open market, and these guys are looking to get paid. In these pass-happy days of the NFL, chances are the receivers you see below will be getting a healthy contract. 


Greg Jennings

The chances of Jennings coming back to Green Bay are slim. The Packers opted not to use the franchise tag on him and the 29-year-old is reportedly looking to get paid like a franchise receiver. 

Jennings has been prolific when healthy, and that last part is a bit of a concern. After playing in 16 games for three straight seasons, Jennings has missed 11 over the last two years. 

The Minnesota Vikings are ready to take this gamble.

They need to beef up their pass offense, and with the release of Michael Jenkins, Percy Harvin is the only Vikings receiver to grab more than 22 passes last season. 

By landing Jennings, the Vikings would be able to fill other needs in the draft and have more flexibility if they want to entertain trading Harvin. 

2013 home: Vikings


Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace is a true game changer. He can get deep on any play and he has the athleticism and hands to come down with the catch.

However, he also struggles with concentration and drops, and his numbers dipped last season despite his targets going up.

Still, he is just 26 and has a stellar resume of production. 

In his four-year career in Pittsburgh, Wallace has 4,042 receiving yards and 32 receiving touchdowns. 

However, a return to the Steelers is unlikely.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that some in the Steelers' front office were "turned off by his contract holdout prior to last season."

So, enter the Miami Dolphins. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk the Dolphins just gave receiver Brian Hartline a five-year deal worth $30.775 million. That certainly won't keep them from going after someone to make Hartline their No. 2 receiver. 

The Dolphins want that guy to be Mike Wallace. 

Both the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly and The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero both went on record as saying they heard Wallace was the Dolphins' first choice. 

2013 home: Dolphins


Wes Welker

It's not every year that a player who has caught at least 111 passes in five of the last six seasons hits free agency, and Welker is most definitely going to hit free agency.

At least if this tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter is to be believed:

The 32-year-old Welker can wait all he wants, he is still going to wind up back in New England. I mean, should we expect anything less from this tumultuous relationship?

The problem for Welker is, there isn't a lot of interest in his veteran services. 

ESPN's Ed Werder (via Rotoworld) explains:

People I've talked to around the league think that the Patriots have made a wise move here. That there's not gonna be a huge demand on the market for Wes Welker. He'll get a minimal number of teams interested in him and probably be no more valuable to anybody than he is to Tom Brady. ... I think Welker's gonna in all likelihood return (to Foxboro).

We haven't seen the last of Brady to Welker. 

2013 home: Patriots