2011 NFL Free Agency: 5 Free Agent Receivers Who Will Have Big Years in 2011

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIJune 21, 2011

2011 NFL Free Agency: 5 Free Agent Receivers Who Will Have Big Years in 2011

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Nobody really knows when or how 2011 Free Agency will begin. Many veteran players who are free agents are patiently waiting for their opportunities to sell their services to a team.

    There are plenty of big-name receivers in the free agent market. Some are future Hall of Famers, some are former Pro Bowlers and some are reliable guys who can make plays.

    Taking a big name receiver in the free agent market is a big risk that in most cases doesn't lead to a Super Bowl title. In fact, since 2000, no team has signed a top-tier wide receiver and then won the Super Bowl. Receivers Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Santonio Holmes, Anquan Boldin, Roy Williams, and others signed with new teams but failed to win a championship once there.

    Thus, while signing a big-name receiver doesn't mean your team will win a Super Bowl, it could still mean they'll win more games or compete for one. Owens and Moss both appeared in a Super Bowl but lost it. Holmes and Boldin have made the playoffs but failed to make it to the Super Bowl with their new teams.

    Let's take a look at five receivers who will, in any case, have big years next season.

Plaxico Burress

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress attends a press conference at National Urban League on June 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
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    Plaxico Burress will have a big year in 2011. Don't buy into all the negative hype about his character and off-the-field issues; there really isn't much to worry about with Burress. He has the right people around him and many players have said he's a changed man.

    The tall receiver will be a great target for any quarterback. He's had two years off and that should have him healthy and eager to get back on the field. 

    The Eagles have been mentioned as a favorite to land Burress, but don't be surprised if he also visits the Redskins, Rams and Jets when free agency starts.

Santana Moss

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins makes a touchdown pass reception against Alan Ball #20 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
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    Santana Moss is a very productive wide receiver. Last season he caught 93 passes for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns.

    Moss would be a perfect compliment to a big No. 1 receiver. He is reliable, and despite being 32 years old, still has plenty left in the tank. If your team is looking for a reliable veteran at a good price, Moss could be your guy.

    Teams including the Texans, Dolphins, Browns, Raiders and 49ers could use a veteran like Moss.

Braylon Edwards

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets is tackled by Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ronald Marti
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    Braylon Edwards will most likely be given a chance to test the free agent market. The Jets may not be interested in bringing him back and could look at other options.

    Last season he caught 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. Edwards is still a viable weapon, but he'll need to be paired up with another solid receiver to play at his best.

    Teams like the Rams, 49ers, Dolphins and even the Patriots could use another tall receiver like Edwards.

Randy Moss

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans warms up prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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    Randy Moss is no longer the Moss we all saw in Minnesota or New England. He looks more like the Moss that everyone saw in Oakland, but he is still a weapon and demands attention.

    Moss is better suited for a winning team with a veteran quarterback or a coach that demands respect.

    Last season, Moss had only 28 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns.

    Moss would be a great addition to the Rams, Broncos, Jets, or even the Eagles.

Terrell Owens

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 05: Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Saints won 34-30.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Get
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    Last season, Terrell Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. Owens may be 37 years old, but he takes great care of his body and is still capable of making plays for a quarterback.

    Due to Owens' past he has only been able to sign one-year deals to this point. He would make a great signing for a team that is looking to make a Super Bowl run. Owens no longer needs to be the No. 1 guy, but he can still put up the numbers of most No. 1 guys.

    Teams like the Texans, Dolphins, Jets and Eagles would be wise to look at Owens.

    If your team is looking for a receiver to catch 75+ balls and score eight touchdowns next year, Owens must be the first guy they look at.