2011 Free Agent Focus: Wide Receivers

Randy Moss (TEN)

It would be a bit of a surprise (to me, at least) if Moss found his way back to New England, but the move could make sense under the right circumstances. He would have to be willing to accept a reasonably cheap deal and a reduced role. He has very few options on the table, which may be part of the reason why Moss made his love for the organization known during his postgame press conference after he faced the Patriots last year. He remains a possibility after feasting on a healthy portion of humble pie last year.

Jacoby Jones (HOU)

Last year was supposed to be a breakout campaign for Jones, but he struggled early in the season. He has very good speed and could help fill Moss’s role in taking the top off the defense. However, he is not solely a deep threat; he has demonstrated an ability to get open against #2 corners opposite Andre Johnson. He is most likely to re-sign with the Texans, but he could make sense for the Patriots if the price is right.

Lance Moore (NO)

Moore compares to a young Deion Branch in terms of speed, route-running ability and physical make-up. He is a fan favorite in New Orleans and will be an offseason priority for the Saints, but if he slips through the cracks, he will be one of the most underrated prizes of the free agent season. He lacks the top-end speed and athleticism to be a prototypical #1 receiver, but he brings excellent intangibles and work ethic to the table.

James Jones (GB)

His awful drops in the Super Bowl notwithstanding, Jones is an emerging young star at the position. He has all of the physical traits of a borderline #1 WR, but he has been overshadowed by Greg Jennings and the other talented receiving options in Green Bay. He’s still young, and if he puts it all together, his potential is very intriguing.

Malcolm Floyd (SD)

Floyd burst onto the scene as the top wideout for the Chargers in the absence of Vincent Jackson, and he performed admirably for half the year before he was hobbled by injuries. He is a bit unproven, but he looked good in limited action. He would provide a physical downfield threat for a team that lacked that dimension in the passing game in the playoff loss to the Jets.

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