As we head into the “2013 NFL free agency weekend” many of us will be keeping a close eye on any news and rumors that are bound to rapidly surface.
Like we here at Fantasyknuckleheads.com.
Whether you’re a die-hard NFL fan only, a committed fantasy football fan or an amalgamation of the two it is highly agreeable that plenty of receivers’ futures are of major interest to us all.
Today I’d like to take a look at the Top 5 WR free agents and discuss them just a bit. I’d then like to move into the RBs and TEs and conclude with the QBs.
Earlier this year our own Greg Brosh took an early look at all the skill positions in one local. Well it’s been a month and a lot has changed so far, hence this position-by-position breakdown.
CLICK HERE to view his original piece, and take a look at just how much has changed.
Side Note: These players will be listed in a “rank” style based on a combination of overall potential and market popularity.
There are more than 100 players occupying this 2013 free agency at various positions, but only a select few have any sort of mentionable worth, and even a fewer are among the ranks of the elite—hence the shortened list.
Before we begin, I’d like to also mention that Dolphins WR Brian Hartline IS NOT on this list. Hartline signed a five-year deal just a day ago—a detailed article should be forthcoming soon.
|It shouldn’t be a surprise that Mike Wallace is atop the list here. What should be surprising is the fact that the Vikings, Colts, Bengals, Browns and even Detroit could all enter the bidding ring at some point. I have not listed Miami, who has been a solid consideration up to this point, because of the recent five-year deal given to Brian Hartline. It is unlikely they have enough money left over, considering the amount of other FAs left to be inked. Indy becomes king of the mountain should they decide to pursue Wallace. I’ve already covered the possibility of Minnesota pursuing Mike Wallace here.
|Well it appears as if Jennings’ days in green and gold are over. Basically, Jennings’ situation sort of mirrors that of Wallace in regard to potential suitors, but he won’t be valued as much due to questions surrounding his durability and age. I still believe Jennings is better than advertised and I believe the Vikings may be the top suitor here.
|Surprised Wes Welker isn’t “number 3”? Don’t be. Welker is a phenomenal talent….in New England’s system, but he’s 32. Edelman is a younger “roster solution” in the eyes of New England’s brass. The likely scenario is he stays in NE, but Edelman has been injury prone in his short NFL career; something he’ll have to rectify moving forward.
|Amendola has the potential to be so much more if he could just remain healthy for 16 games which is the current roadblock the Rams are staring at. Amendola is fast, smart, has good hands and can be an offensive asset anywhere. The Rams are going to think long and hard about this, and SI.com’s Peter King suggests the Eagles could be an outside interest and New England has been linked in RUMOR fashion only. His future as a Ram is about 50/50 right now.
|Wes Welker has been one of the best receivers to ever play the game of professional football. He’s proficient, above-average and the best at what he does. But the Patriots know that many teams aren’t going to give the one-system WR a look unless it’s for mediocre money; especially since he's turning 32. The Pats are basically sitting on this situation, and they’ve already hinted at Julian Edelman being the heir to the “Welker throne”. I believe they'll keep him, but his role in 2013 may be limited if Edelman stays healthy. CLICK HERE to learn why it may be best for both sides if Welker stays.
Brandon Givens, St. Louis
Donnie Avery, Indianapolis
David Nelson, Buffalo – (not expected to return)
Kevin Ogletree, Dallas
Next up will be the RBs then onto the TEs so stay tuned all weekend long!