One in a series of free agents by position and which ones may warrant pursuit from teams. Today – a look at wide receivers:
David Boston, Arizona (unrestricted): He’s definitely the best of the free agent lot. Boston, however, could be facing suspension because of his off the field issues.
Cris Carter, Miami (unrestricted): Was only a small factor in five games with the Dolphins but worth picking up if a team feels like it’s a receiver away from reaching championship level. And of course, if he’s interested in playing another season.
Laveranues Coles, New York Jets (restricted): Enjoyed a breakout season after catching 89 passes. Coles has developed into one of the league’s top big play receivers.
Curtis Conway, San Diego (possible cap casualty): He’s not the vertical threat he once was and was frequently double-teamed in San Diego. Conway could be a nice pickup for a team needing a No. 2 option.
Brian Finneran, Atlanta (restricted): The Falcons appear to be looking for a better big play option than Finneran, who caught 56 passes. Finneran’s playing time is more of a reflection of the Falcons receiving talent but would be a good pickup for depth purposes.
Antonio Freeman, Philadelphia (unrestricted): Freeman’s big play ability has declined over the last few years but would be a solid acquisition for a team needing a No. 2 option.
Terry Glenn, Green Bay (possible cap casualty): Glenn was a solid pickup for the Packers but not the big play he was in his best days as a New England Patriot.
Darrell Jackson, Seattle (restricted): Jackson has developed into an underrated receiver in his three seasons, averaging 62 catches.
Ed McCaffrey, Denver (possible cap casualty): McCaffrey rebounded after having a serious knee injury and caught 69 passes. Despite his advancing age (34), McCaffrey is still a solid possession receiver.
Mushin Muhammad, Carolina (possible cap casualty): Muhammad has not been around the greatest supporting cast. He may not be the big play threat he was at one point but would still be a good pickup if a team needs a vertical threat.
Peerless Price, Buffalo (unrestricted): Price figures to strike it rich after catching 94 passes for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns. The question: Is Price’s production more a reflection of his ability or being paired with Eric Moulds? Any receiver would love that situation but it’s tough to overlook Price’s breakout season.
Bobby Shaw, Jacksonville (unrestricted): Not one to be your No. 1 option but Shaw is your man if you are looking for a No. 2 or 3 option that can work in the slot.
J.J. Stokes, San Francisco (possible cap casualty): His performance has not warranted being the No. 10 overall pick of the 1995 draft. Despite his size (6-4, 220), Stokes has been an underachiever and has failed to take advantage of his single coverage chances.
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