NFL Free Agency 2011: 10 Free Agent Wide Receivers Who Could Provide a Spark
Once a new collective bargaining agreement is signed, there will be a flurry of activity with free agents.
Wide receivers always are in demand, as a good one can stretch the field and keep opposing defenses honest.
Look at any team without a legitimate downfield threat and I'll show you a team that did not make it to the Super Bowl.
Here are 10 free-agent wide receivers who will provide an immediate spark to whichever team signs them.
10. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
T.J. Houshmandzadeh can still be a very effective receiver and gives the Ravens options should he decide to stay there.
If he leaves, he still can be a good No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver on a squad.
9. Santana Moss
Santana Moss still has some life left in him. The Redskins let Moss become an unrestricted free agent but they are open to bringing him back in 2011.
Wherever Moss ends up, he still had 93 catches for 1,115 yards in 2010 with six touchdowns. This was in a year with a lot of quarterback upheaval, especially at the end of the season.
8. Steve Breaston
The 2010 season was a wash and Breaston battled a knee injury anyway. The Cardinals' quarterback options in 2010 were Derek Anderson and two rookies not ready for the NFL.
Breaston has talent and will help either the Cardinals or another team score touchdowns in 2011.
7. James Jones
James Jones had a case of the dropsies during the playoffs, but he still is a solid wide receiver who can make big plays.
The Packers are probably going to keep this guy, but with Super Bowl experience and decent numbers, Jones could do better on the open market.
6. Randy Moss
Randy Moss is an enigma. He is one of the most talented receivers in the league when he has his head in the game.
Whether he can still get his head in the game or not is the question. Assuming he can, Moss is a difference-maker on any offense he plays in.
5. Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens—despite his attitude issues—usually puts his money where his mouth is. You just cannot argue with that. He was a great receiver for the Bengals, but telling the truth about the organization is the best way to get ejected from that club.
Owens will get picked up somewhere and he will have another great year.
4. Steve Smith (New York Giants)
Steve Smith is one of the league's best slot receivers. It seems likely the Giants will keep him, but you never know.
Smith has the talent, and as long as his knee heals properly, he'll continue to be a great addition to any locker room for the next several years.
3. Malcolm Floyd
The Chargers have a lot of free agents and are locking in on Vincent Jackson as the guy to keep. Whether or not that means Malcolm Floyd is gone remains to be seen.
The Chargers have to decide how much money they want to commit to the wide receiver position.
Floyd is a great athlete and can be a No. 1 receiver on many teams.
2. Braylon Edwards
Braylon Edwards is a tough receiver to nail down in the sense you don't know which receiver you are going to get from year to year.
Edwards has a huge case of the dropsies. That being said, he was very good in 2010. Since it was a contract year for him, it seems suspicious. All of a sudden, his numbers got better even though his quarterback has accuracy issues.
Edwards last good season was 2007 and he still led the league in drops that year.
Edwards has shown he can be an elite receiver, but he comes with a warning tag.
1. Santonio Holmes
Santonio Holmes should be one of the top priorities for the Jets to re-sign this offseason. He's athletic and can make the difficult catches.
He makes Mark Sanchez look better and he is about as reliable on the field as you want a wide receiver to be.
If the Jets cannot keep him, he will instantly elevate the offense of any team in the league that wants to sign him.