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NFL Free Agency 2016: Top 5 Available Wide Receivers

Super Bowl 50 is barely in the rear view mirror yet fans and critics are already scheming and dreaming about winning Super Bowl XLI and clai


Super Bowl 50 is barely in the rear view mirror yet fans and critics are already scheming and dreaming about winning Super Bowl XLI and claiming bragging rights for the year over their friends and rivals. The beautiful part about spring is that every team can re shuffle the deck and gather as many offensive and defensive weapons as possible. With Free Agency due to open tomorrow, we take a position by position look at the best available free agents who could be the missing piece that catapults your team to a Lombardi win next season. Here we look at available Wide Receivers 1) Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns Age: 26 – Height: 5ft 10 – Weight: 175  2015 Stats: 68 REC, 966 YDS, 5 TDS Going into this season Travis Benjamin hadn’t put up more than 350 yards in a season or even 3 TD’s. He comes from a team that is very unstable and struggling with a lot of issues, mainly at QB. He was by far Johnny Manziel’s favourite target in his time in the starting role for the Browns but faded at times when Austin Davis/Josh McCown had the job. He shows great in-game speed and showed the ability to get open deep. His height is a downside to him and his physicality isn’t the best. He coughed up 3 fumbles this year and nothing hurts a team more than turnovers. This guy gets open though, put him in the slot and he will catch balls and gain yards. Would be a solid addition to a team that has a No1 receiver already. Estimated Contract: 3 Years $24,000,000, $8,000,000 Guaranteed Suggested 2016 Team: Houston Texans I don’t think Benjamin could ever work as a No.1 but with Hopkins being the Texans No1 it could leave Benjamin with a lot more freedom to expose coverage. He’s young still and shows growth in his play. He also offers a special teams option which the Texans lacked last season. 2) Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks Age: 26 -Height: 6ft 1 – Weight: 209 2015 Stats: 49 REC, 685 YDS, 5 TDS Jermaine Kearse has made some absolutely unreal plays in his time at Seattle. Green Bay Packers fans might remember the 2014 NFC Championship game? He also set career highs in all categories in 2015. Another incredible stat of Kearse’s is that he caught 6 TD passes in 8 post season games. I think a fair label for him would be ‘clutch’ as long as you’re in the play-offs. He has good size and displays good speed and is a great deep threat for any team. He’s always been behind good receivers in his time in Seattle. Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin were always the No1 targets for Wilson but Kearse proved to be a very reliable and a safe pair of hands. Estimated Contract: 3 Years, $18,000,000, $7,000,000 Guaranteed Suggested 2016 Team: Cleveland Browns/New York Giants With both teams losing receivers themselves (CLE: Travis Benjamin and NYG: Reuben Randle) they both will be in the market for some fresh blood. Giants have the incredible Odell Beckham Jr on their roster and also have Victor Cruz but with the injury problems they don’t get much from Cruz. Kearse is very versatile as is Beckham and as a pairing could cause a lot of problems for many secondaries in the NFL. Browns need anything to be honest in their receiver core but Kearse is a perfect addition to what they have as he can do it all. 3) Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals Age: 25 – Height 6ft 2 – Weight: 198 2015 Stats: 65 REC, 816 YDS, 4 TDS Again another solid and versatile pass catcher. He’s 6ft 2 in height meaning he’s a big target to hit for whoever ends up throwing him the ball. He is still only 25 meaning he could be a long term addition to a team. I genuinely believe he could be a No1 target if he was to go to the right place. After spending a season behind AJ Green and still putting up those sort of numbers I can see a lot of attention coming Marvin Jones way. All round great receiver Estimated Contract: 3 Years, $30,000,000, $11,000,000 Guaranteed Suggested 2016 Team: Cleveland Browns Can do it all for them and as I said he could probably lead a team easily and with the addition of Josh Gordon potentially coming back it could end up being a great duo for the Browns offensive coordinator to use. Hue Jackson was also the offensive coordinator at the Bengals and I’m sure will happily bring Jones across to add to a very slim depth chart of the Browns 4) Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins Age: 26 – Height: 6ft – Weight: 217 2015 Stats: 43 REC, 662 YDS, 4 TDS Matthews had a breakout season this year and surprised a lot of people. I believe the reason he hasn’t re-signed is due to disbelief he could do it again. The stats above were posted in just 11 starts for the Dolphins. A great deep threat for Tannehill over the season to which he also showed an incredible ability with being physical during and after catches gaining many yards after catch over the season. Again he could be a No1 target in some offences but I think Matthews needs to be paired with a good QB to show his production. Estimated Contract: 3 Years, $18,000,000, $5,000,000 Guaranteed Suggested 2016 Team: San Diego Chargers With Malcolm Floyd leaving and Antonio Gates in decline the Chargers are in desperate need of a pass catcher to help alongside Keenan Allen who fell victim to injury last year. The Chargers ranked highly in passing yards this year finishing in 4th place overall and this is all down to the experienced and very competitive Phillip Rivers at QB. The passing game had to really step up due to the run game being so poor with rookie Melvin Gordon not even posting a TD last year. Matthews would step in to this system as a starter and will see a lot of the ball and I’m sure with Rivers slinging the passes the production would be great from him. 5) Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts Age: 34 -Height: 6ft 3 – Weight: 229 2015 Stats: 41 REC, 503 YDS, 4 TDS These stats don’t look right alongside this name. After so many years of great production from boringly average QB’s passing to him Johnson found himself alongside one of the best QB’s around in Andrew Luck going into the 2015 season. But it didn’t turn out the way we all expected with Luck having a dreadful season that was also riddled with injuries which led to more boringly average QB’s throwing Johnson the ball. Johnson is a giant of a target standing at 6ft 3 inches. He is well from his prime and is now 34 years old but this shouldn’t put teams off at all! This man proved for 13 years at Houston that he could rip apart corners and although he finds himself far from those days’ he’s still a very safe pair of hands and if brought in at the right price could do a solid job in some teams in the NFL. Some teams don’t have a single receiver that showed any production last year. Some ask “Did he join the Colts on a quest for ring before calling it a day?” Probably, is your answer but this man still loves football and knows it has to end soon but is confident it won’t be now! Estimated Contract: 1 Year, $4,000,000, $2,000,000 Guaranteed Suggested 2016 Team: Los Angeles Rams Probably the most deprived WR set alongside the Browns – Brian Quick and Kenny Britt are currently what you may call their big receivers but both struggle with injuries and or production. I heard and read a lot of hype in the community over Quick but bringing in Johnson would create room for players such as Tavon Austin and, after his recovery, Stedman Bailey to work with. Johnson brings experience and leadership to a team that really struggled in the passing game. But again Johnson would be doing what he’s best at again by catching passes by average QB’s. Harsh reality that Johnson has to realise that a ring seems unlikely for him with his decline as a player and options in teams.

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