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2013 NFL Free Agent Receivers & TEs
2013 NFL Free Agent Receivers
By: Roshan Bhagat
Greg Jennings (GB) -In the final year of the 4-year, $27 million deal he signed in 2009, Jennings will look to nearly double that on his next contract after seeing Vincent Jackson go 5 for $55 million. With consistency and humility, Jennings would be on a great asset to a quarterback that plays with timing and accuracy. With extensions on the horizon for Rodgers, Matthews, and Raji, it's very possible that the Packers can afford to his carry his loss with depth more-so than at the other positions. Though his heart still seems in Green Bay, Jennings has publicly stated he understands the situation and the likelihood that this is his final year with the only franchise he's played for so far.
Mike Wallace (PIT) - After a noisy offseason of threats and 9-digit contract talks, Mike Wallace backed down and returned to the field just in time for the regular season. Despite the distraction, he has caught touchdowns in each of his first two games. After paying Antonio Brown, it's uncertain if the Steelers will be willing and able to reach a compromise with Wallace or if they'll continue to play him year-to-year before trading him, as they did with former #1 receiver Santonio Holmes.
Dwayne Bowe (KC) - One subpar season aside, Dwayne Bowe has emerged into the number one receiver the offense needs. He's a big body and a good route runner with a large catching radius. His body of work around the goal line speaks for itself. After missing much of the offseason with a holdout, Bowe eventually caved and signed his tag, guaranteeing $9.5 million for himself. As he heads into his second consecutive offseason without a contract, he may be more likely to hold himself out if a long-term deal can't be reached. Remember that in New England, General Manager Scott Pioli (and Bill Belichick) never overvalued their receivers.
Wes Welker (NE) - After refusing to pay Welker after last season, it seems even more unlikely they'll pay him this time. Already this season, it appears as if the Patriots are trying to find Julian Edelman more playing time in hopes he can emerge as someone who can begin to fill Welker's shoes as they deem him expendable to the operation.
Josh Cribbs (CLE) - As an explosive return man, Cribbs will have the opportunity to leave Cleveland and join a team where he isn't a team's only hope at points in many games. As a wide receiver, he hasn't shown much development, but he's a gadget player who an offense has to give a couple creative touches per game.
Danny Amendola (STL) - With quickness and sure hands, Amendola is as good as any working the slots and the chains. For Sam Bradford, he's been the only consistent target when healthy, so it would be surprising to see St. Louis not put the best offer on the table.
Kevin Ogletree (DAL) - Last year was Laurent Robinson and this year could be Kevin Ogletree. In a terrific opening game, Ogletree took advantage of consistent single coverage opportunities to carve up the Giants defense. If he can continue to do it with Bryant, Austin, and Witten drawing most of the attention, he could find a nice payday. Of course, if Laurent Robinson busts in Jacksonville, that could also indirectly hit Olgetree's wallet.
Fred Davis (WAS) - A talented receiving tight end that can get separation and eat up zone coverage, Davis supplanted Chris Cooley a year ago and is currently playing on the franchise tag. Though it seems Davis isn't as high in the progression of Washington's new quarterback, the excitement and leadership of Robert Griffin III may begin to pay dividends in the offseason as players will want to come and play with him. However, if Davis doesn't seem an increased workload, he may try to go elsewhere.
Jared Cook (TEN) - With elite athleticism, the Titans have looked to increase Jared Cook's snaps each and every season. Capable of making big plays from the position, the Titans should look to keep their receiving corps intact and build on it to help quarterback Jake Locker succeed. 4 years into his career, this is a pivotal year for Cook if he expects to break bank this offseason.
Dustin Keller (NYJ) - Another athletic receiving tight end, the Jets have managed to get solid, but unspectacular production out of Keller. He still figures to be a part of the equation, but depending on how the season unfolds, it's possible he looks for a team with a more consistent quarterback situation.
Tony Gonzalez (ATL) - Gonzalez has said that if he becomes unproductive and his numbers start to drop, he'll make an exit from the game. At 36, he's no longer the best the in game, but continues to add Pro Bowl caliber seasons to what will already go down as the most prolific career in the history of the league at tight end.
Heath Miller (PIT) - A terrific blocker and a valuable receiver in the short and intermediate passing game, Heath Miller is a perfect fit for what the Steelers look for in a tight end. The player-team fit nearly ensures that the Steelers will throw the best offer on the table and hammer out a deal.
Delanie Walker (SF) - While teams are focused on Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker has been a great multi-faceted tool for the ***** on offense and special teams for his entire career. His blocking, pass-catching, and athletic ability allow the Niners to run a base 2-tight end offense, which is perfect for Harbaugh's hard-nosed brand. Surely teams will look to pry away Walker from the *****, but with the locker room and success Harbaugh has brought to the organization, it will be a difficult play.
Re: 2013 NFL Free Agent Receivers & TEs
I am very interested in Fred Davis and Jared Cook. Cook is severely underused in that offense. He is as good as a receiving TE that you will find. Very big target, also very fast. Sort of like Lance Kendricks, but he can catch. It cant hurt to have two good TE's, seeing as we like to run the ball we can get creative with some nice formations involving rollout's and attacking the seams.
Fred Davis is good too. I just don't know if he'll breakout or be a dissapointment. He did get suspended for smoking marijuana too (last year). I'd prefer Cook to Davis, but wouldn't be mad at either.
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I didn't realize there were so many good FA TEs next year. Gonzo said before the season, this is probably his last, and I don't think he'll leave Atl even if he decides to come back.
Davis or Cook could be elite TEs in the right offense. I agree with Sosa that Cook has the most potential.
Keller and Miller aren't anything special but are still good TEs. I'm not sure how Keller is as a blocker, but I know Miller is good, so I'd prefer him. If we land a Stud WR, I'd be happy with one of these 2.
Walker has shown flashes. I'd rather get a proven TE, but if we spent our money elsewhere in free agency, he could be a good cheap pickup.
I'll be disappointed if we don't land either Bowe, Wallace or Jennings ( in that order for me). I really don't want us to have to draft a WR to be our #1. If we do, it could be another 2 years before Bradford has a #1 and thats IF the rookie or Quick even develop.
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