My Chief Concerns: Free Agent Wide Receivers In 2011


The Kansas City Chiefs need a second wide receiver.  The Chiefs pick 21st in the draft this year and according to most draft pundits it is an unfavorable spot to pick a wide receiver.  This coupled with the fact that most rookie wide receivers are not that productive in their first couple of years lends proof that the Chiefs should dip into the wide receiver free agency pool.

For the first time in a long time the Kansas City Chiefs look like an attractive option for free agents, this holds especially true for a free agent wide receiver.  Who would not want to play opposite Dwayne Bowe who will most likely get double covered most of the time?

With the threat of lockouts, franchise tags, and contract extensions looming, we will not know for sure how the list of free agent receivers will pan out but we can surely speculate. So without further adieu here is a list of possible wide receiver free agents (in no particular order):

More after the jump…

  • Vincent Jackson (SD)
  • Sidney Rice (MIN)
  • Santonio Holmes (NYJ)
  • Braylon Edwards (NYJ)
  • Malcom Floyd (SD)
  • Steve Smith (NYG)
  • Terrell Owens (CIN)
  • Randy Moss (TEN)
  • Mike Williams (SEA)
  • James Jones (GB)
  • Steve Breaston (ARI)
  • Early Doucet (ARZ)
  • Brian Finneran (ATL)
  • Donte’ Stallworth (BAL)
  • TJ Houshmandzadeh (BAL)
  • Rashied Davis (CHI)
  • Devin Aromashadu (CHI)
  • Chansi Stuckey (CLE)
  • Sam Hurd (DAL)
  • Jacoby Jones (HOU)
  • Mike Sims-Walker (JAC)
  • Hank Baskett (MIN)
  • Greg Lewis (MIN)
  • Lance Moore (NO)
  • Courtney Roby (NO)
  • Derek Hagan (NYG)
  • Darius Reynaud (NYG)
  • Brad Smith (NYJ)
  • Johnnie Lee Higgins (OAK)
  • Legedu Naanee (SD)
  • Ben Obomanu (SEA)
  • Laurent Robinson (STL)
  • Danny Amendola (STL)
  • Mark Clayton (STL)
  • Maurice Stovall (TB)
  • Santana Moss (WAS)

I repeat some of these potential free agents may never see free agency, but a good majority of them will.  The names that stand out to me and that potentially fit the mold of a Haley/Pioli player are, (and in my order of preference):

  • James Jones (GB) The guy is a stud and Green Bay is overflowing with too many good receivers, they cannot keep them all. Can they?
  • Mike Sims-Walker (JAC) He has really turned it up over the last couple of year, the Jags would be crazy to let him go.
  • Steve Breaston (AZ) He has a history with Haley and has been productive when called upon.
  • TJ Houshmandzadeh (BAL) He made a mistake signing with Baltimore as their number three (3) wide out and he knows it.  He still has some talent left, enough to be Dwayne Bowe’s number two (2).
  • Jacoby Jones (HOU) This guy is a play maker.  He caught 51 balls this season playing opposite Andre Johnson.  A good solid number two player.
  • Santonio Holmes/Braylon Edwards (NYJ) Both these players can be inconsistent, especially Braylon, but when they are good they are great.  They can also be good number ones (1) also.  The Jets can’t possible keep them both, oh and Brad Smith too.

We made a play on Anquan Boldin last year, so the Chiefs are not averse to bringing in high priced talent.  So Addicts, what are your thoughts?  Currently the free agent wide receiver pool is looking good. Right?