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Top 2008 Free Agent WRs

By: Greg Davis

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Top Wide Receivers

Randy Moss, UFA, New England Patriots

With the help of quarterback Tom Brady, Moss absolutely dominated opposing defenses this season. He was even better than the Randy Moss of old, and his 98 receptions for 1,493 yards bears it out. He has also racked up an NFL record 23 touchdowns. It seems likely that the team will shell out the money to keep him in town even though they decided not to put the franchise tag on him, and Moss certainly seems to like his home in New England.

Predicted 2008 Team: Patriots – Should once again dominate.

Bernard Berrian, UFA, Chicago Bears

Berrian was able to put together a decent season in ’06 and even with considerable quarterback issues in Chicago, he was able to tally 951 yards and five touchdowns in ’07. At 27 years of age, Berrian is still young and may have several strong seasons left in him. His speed makes him a deep threat, and as he has developed his game, he’s become a more known weapon in the game. More than a few teams would line up for his services if he doesn’t stay in Chicago.

Predicted 2008 Team: Bears – It would be too big of a blow for the Bears to let Berrian just walk. He’ll continue to start.

Bryant Johnson, UFA, Arizona Cardinals

Johnson flew under the radar once again this season, but those in the know consider him fairly talented. He’s been over-shadowed by star receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, but Johnson runs great routes, has good hands, and at 6’3” his size makes him an appealing option. He’s caught at least 35 passes in each of his five seasons, including 49 receptions in 2004, and has a touchdown scored in each season, with four coming in ’06. Although he had a slight drop-off in production this season, Johnson will likely find a bigger role in another offense in ’08.

Predicted 2008 Team: Vikings – Johnson could be a good compliment to Sidney Rice.

Justin Gage UFA Tennessee Titans

Gage seemed to be growing into one of quarterback Vince Young’s more reliable targets. He broke through with seven receptions for 90 yards—and a highlight grab in the endzone— during a week ten game against a good Jacksonville defensive unit. Gage followed that up with six receptions for 66 yards in a Monday Night game against Denver. Gage has good size and athleticism, and while he has struggled to hold onto the ball at all times, so has the entire team. He amassed 750 receiving yards and two scores in ‘07. He could be in for a decent contract extension.

Predicted 2008 Team: Titans – He seemed to be developing a connection with quarterback Vince Young.

Devery Henderson, UFA, New Orleans Saints

Henderson struggled to build on his strong 2006 season. He posted 745 receiving yards and five touchdowns in ’06, and followed it up with 409 yards and three scoresin ‘07. Henderson is a fast, athletic receiver, but his size will keep him from being a top-level option. Still, Henderson can serve as a strong third receiver and a decent second spot option. He should still receive attention from a handful of teams.

Predicted 2008 Team: Saints – Head coach Sean Payton seems to want Henderson back to compete for the second receiving spot.

Andre' Davis UFA Houston Texans

The Virginia Tech product hasn’t had the chance to play a whole lot during his career until an early season injury to Andre Johnson opened the door to more playing time. Davis responded with several solid performances, including a 117-yard effort with a score in week four against Atlanta. He finished 2007 with 583 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the season, and although Johnson’s return cut into his opportunities greatly, Davis was still able to impress as a return man. His 968 kickoff return yards with three touchdowns will encourage the Texans to keep Davis in Houston.

Predicted 2008 Team: Texans – Davis is a solid special teams player and will compete to be the number two receiver.

Eric Johnson, TE, UFA, New Orleans Saints

Johnson had a decent first game with his new team but failed to follow it up the rest of the season. He had 378 yards receiving and two scores, but didn’t find the endzone from week ten on. In the past, Johnson had shown that he could be one of the league’s better players at his position. He may return as the Saints tight end option, but he’ll need to step up his game to earn his keep.

Predicted 2008 Team: Saints – Johnson’s options are going to be limited on the market.

Drew Carter, UFA, Carolina Panthers

Carter hasn’t racked up yards by any means, but he has tended to be a decent passing weapon in the red zone. Carter has good size and runs fairly good routes. He out-produced receiver Keary Colbert, and he’s played like the number two behind Steve Smith. With Dwayne Jarrett waiting in the wings, Carter could be on the out, or he could be retained as a third option at best. A number two spot is something Carter will probably desire at this point in his career, and a team looking to compliment a speedy number one will consider him. Chances are that he remains no more than a third receiver.

Predicted 2008 Team: Panthers – He knows the system and won’t be a hot commodity on the open market.

Other Free Agent Wide Receivers
Antonio Chatman UFA Cincinnati Bengals
Keary Colbert UFA Carolina Panthers
Terrance Copper UFA New Orleans Saints
Malcom Floyd RFA San Diego Chargers
Doug Gabriel UFA Oakland Raiders
D.J. Hackett UFA Seattle Seahawks
Az-Zahir Hakim UFA Miami Dolphins
Taylor Jacobs UFA Washington Redskins
Samie Parker UFA Kansas City Chiefs
David Patten UFA New Orleans Saints
Marcus Robinson UFA Detroit Lions

Other Free Agent Tight Ends
Bryan Fletcher UFA Indianapolis Colts
John Gilmore UFA Chicago Bears
Marcus Pollard UFA Seattle Seahawks
Ben Troupe UFA Tennessee Titans
Jermaine Wiggins UFA Jacksonville Jaguars
Kris Wilson UFA Kansas City Chiefs

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