It may not be football season but it’s still a hot topic in American sports. In fact, there is no time of the year where football isn’t being discussed.
So let’s follow suit.
We have seen big impact signings this offseason but let’s focus on the wide receivers. Here are five of the best wide receiver signings this offseason.
5. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City made the right move by re-signing Dwayne Bowe to a big deal. They need a wide receiver to be the go-to target in the future. They need a guy who can lead the way.
Bowe has had his ups and downs in his NFL career but the talent is there. We are talking about a guy who has racked up 415 receptions and 39 touchdowns in his 7-year career.
And now is the time when he will enter the prime of his career. He’s 28 years old with plenty of game in the tank. Despite his lackluster No.1 numbers last season, we have to remember that his quarterback play was terrible.
Once that issue is cleared up, he will be fine.
4. Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings
Riddled with injuries in 2012, Greg Jennings was an explosive offseason pickup for the Minnesota Vikings. For one, they added one of the best receivers in the league over the past several years.
Secondly, they took him from division-rival Green Bay.
However, he still has to have someone who can throw him the football on a consistent basis. Can Christian Ponder be that guy?
We have seen a good sample size of him in the NFL. This will be the deciding year of his tenure in the league.
3. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Not the best route runner. Doesn’t have the best hands. Attitude is questionable.
Mike Wallace has many issues with his game but his talent overrides all and deservingly so. Wallace’s dynamic speed is what interested Miami in giving him a huge contract.
Despite his issues, Wallace still creates so much room for fellow receivers. He eats double teams, forces defenses to game plan for him and his explosive, big play ability may be second to none in the league.
We’ll see how he does now that he’s the big gun with a big contract.
2. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Why is Danny Amendola ranked higher than Mike Wallace, arguably the most prized wide receiver in free agency? Fit.
New England lost Wes Welker to free agency (hint hint, he’s next) so it was paramount to fill the void. Who better than Amendola?
He is youthful at age 27, can work the field similar to Welker and has already proven himself in the NFL. This pickup was huge for the Patriots because so much of their offense went through Welker in the short passing attack.
Maybe he won’t fill the entire void but he’s the next best option.
1. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Clearly the best pickup of the offseason thus far is Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning knows how to work the ball to a plethora of receivers with great consistency. He has two young guns on the perimeter but now he has the best underneath receiver in football.
All Welker does is move the chains. He did it for years with Tom Brady when teams knew what routes he was running and now he will do the same for Denver.