2010 NFL Free Agency: Which Wide Receiver Holds the Most Value?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 22:  Reciever Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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When it comes right down to it, this year's free agency is like no other. Early signings, promising picks, and wads of money that could make even the wealthiest of men faint.

Fortunately though, it makes for an interesting offseason. Something that we don't see every year. 

More importantly, however, is the remaining fact that 2010 is shaping up to feature some of the most talented athletes in all of football as they suit up in a new uniform and perform in front of a hometown crowd that may seem unfamiliar at first.

With all this going on in such a short amount of time, though, there are still many players left unsigned, questioning their overall future in the NFL.

Predominantly, the wide receiver category is endless. Great players that have come up just a tad short in their original teams are now part of the unruly bunch of guys that are competing for top dollar and a top team in 2010.

The list runs long, so here is a look at the most promising wide receivers that have yet to sign with a team, and, of course, just a little speculation to serve your curious side.

Terrell Owens

T.O. has had quite a bit on his plate as of late, but it doesn't change the fact that there is still a little gas left in the tank. Sure, he is getting a little long in the tooth, but his surefire hands are proving to be a need for many teams heading into the break.

So far, there has been little interest. With only the Cincinnati Bengals showing signs of looking at T.O.'s resume, it seems that wide receiver Chad Ochocinco's reasoning is enough to convince the Bengals staff that Owens is a great pickup.

Normally I question what Ochocinco has to say, but this time I tend to agree. The Bengals would be a good option. 2009 was a promising year for them that failed miserably solely due to poor defense and offense that had the talent but couldn't find the glue to hold it all together.

In the past, T.O. has been everything but "the glue" for many teams, but he may spark a light in the Bengals offense that has been dull and blunt as of late. Ochocinco on one side, and Owens on the other. For the love of God, Carson Palmer, please don't get hurt.

Brandon Marshall

Marshall's shock departure from Denver was big enough news as it was, but the new free agent story is even more important. Like Owens, the interest has been dismal, but there are three teams that have shown some liking toward the star wide receiver.

The most intriguing one being the Seattle Seahawks, who have a new found sense of confidence after recently signed head coach Pete Carroll was appointed. Unfortunately, some fans see a Marshall-Seahawks partnership something that would falter from the get-go.

I tend to agree, on the sole basis that Matt Hasselbeck is no longer the quarterback that he used to be, and for Seattle to sign a high-profile wide receiver assuming Hasselbeck is would be a mistake.

With that said, there isn't a shred of doubt in my mind that Marshall will have a home in 2010. It may not be as prestigious as the Denver Broncos, but it will at least be a start.

Antonio Bryant

I wouldn't blame you if you hadn't heard of this man; I hadn't either until a week ago. For those that are unfamiliar with Bryant's work, he was the former star wide receiver for the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a Packer fan, Bryant is someone I am all to familiar with.

2009 saw Bryant post mediocre stats, 600 yards, and only four touchdowns; however, he did only play 13 games. Still, that doesn't discount the impact he's had on free agency at this moment in time.

Speculation has begun for Bryant, but it's hard to narrow it down to a handful of teams. While surfing several Web sites, I have seen names appear in the likes of the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals, all worthy contenders that could do with a young wide receiver.

Braylon Edwards

It seems like only yesterday that Edwards was joining the Jets, but already free agency is a foot. With Edwards' late-season antics, and his embarrassing dropped passes, Edwards hasn't done himself any favors when it comes to signing with a new team.

My prediction, though, is that he remains a Jet. Mark Sanchez is settled, so why mess with that? Despite dropped passes, Edwards can be decent at times, so it is more than favorable that Rex Ryan vouches to sign him to a lengthy contract.

There may be some speculation, though, as to where Edwards does land. Fortunately for Jet fans, the interest level is low at the moment, so they don't have to worry about filling the void at wide receiver just yet.

However, just keep your eyes open, teams may bring their heads above the sand in a matter of time.