NFL Free Agency: Projected Wide Receivers

Mike Ehrmann

The 2012 NFL season is over, and, while the NFL Scouting Combine comes up first, free agency is not that far off. The Miami Dolphins should be players in the free agent market this year; the team should have nearly $50 million in salary cap space. Here's a look at the potential free agent wide receivers this year.

The Miami Dolphins have needs this offseason, and plenty of cap space (around $50 million). With those two conditions, the Dolphins should be players in the free agent market. With NFL free agency just over a month away, it's time to start looking at the players who could hit the open market this offseason.

Luckily, the NFL Players Association released their list of projected free agents for this year. Obviously, if any of the players on the list re-sign with their team, they won't actually hit the market. Taking a look at the NFLPA's list, and breaking out just the wide receivers, the unrestricted free agent wide outs are:

Player

Position

Team

Years Accrued

Ruvell Martin

WR

Buffalo Bills

7

Johnny Knox

WR

Chicago Bears

4

Joshua Cribbs

WR

Cleveland Browns

8

Mohamed Massaquoi

WR

Cleveland Browns

4

Brandon Tate

WR

Cincinnati Bengals

4

Louis Murphy

WR

Carolina Panthers

4

Brandon Stokley

WR

Denver Broncos

13

Matt Willis

WR

Denver Broncos

4

Kevin Ogletree

WR

Dallas Cowboys

4

Stefan Logan

WR

Detroit Lions

4

Kassim Osgood

WR

Detroit Lions

10

Donald Driver

WR

Green Bay Packers

14

Greg Jennings

WR

Green Bay Packers

7

Donnie Avery

WR

Indianapolis Colts

5

Austin Collie

WR

Indianapolis Colts

4

Dwayne Bowe

WR

Kansas City Chiefs

6

Brian Hartline

WR

Miami Dolphins

4

Devin Aromashodu

WR

Minnesota Vikings

5

Jerome Simpson

WR

Minnesota Vikings

5

Deion Branch

WR

New England Patriots

11

Julian Edelman

WR

New England Patriots

4

Wes Welker

WR

New England Patriots

9

Devery Henderson

WR

New Orleans Saints

9

Courtney Roby

WR

New Orleans Saints

7

Ramses Barden

WR

New York Giants

4

Domenik Hixon

WR

New York Giants

6

Braylon Edwards

WR

New York Jets

8

Chaz Schilens

WR

New York Jets

5

Derek Hagan

WR

Oakland Raiders

7

Plaxico Burress

WR

Pittsburgh Steeler

11

Mike Wallace

WR

Pittsburgh Steeler

4

Michael Spurlock

WR

San Diego Chargers

5

Ted Ginn

WR

San Francisco 49ers

6

Randy Moss

WR

San Francisco 49ers

14

Danny Amendola

WR

St. Louis Rams

4

Brandon Gibson

WR

St. Louis Rams

6

Steve Smith

WR

St. Louis Rams

6

Roscoe Parrish

WR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8

Sammie Stroughter

WR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4

Of course, there are restricted free agents to consider as well. A player with an expiring contract, without having accrued four seasons of experience, will be considered a restricted free agent. If a player's current team places a qualifying offer on that player and another team then chooses to sign that player, the original team will receive compensation for losing the player.

While there are several different qualifying offers that can be made, and different compensation for each of them, we will cover those later. However, here's a look at the CBA's explanation of "accrued seasons." According to the 2011 CBA, Article 8, Section 1:

Accrued Seasons Calculation: (a) For the purposes of calculating Accrued Seasons under this Agreement, a player shall receive one Accrued Season for each season during which he was on, or should have been on, full pay status for a total of six or more regular season games, but which, irrespective of the player's pay status, shall not include games for which the player was on: (i) the Exempt Commissioner Permission List, (ii) the Reserve PUP List as a result of a nonfootball injury, or (iii) a Club's Practice Squad.

(b) A player shall not receive an Accrued Season for any League Year in which the player is under contract to a Club and in which he failed to report to such Club at least thirty days prior to the first regular season game of that season, or in which the player thereafter failed to perform his contract services for the Club for a material period of time unless he demonstrates to the Impartial Arbitrator extreme personal hardship causing such failure to report or perform, such as severe illness or death in the family. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be made within thirty days of the application by the player, and shall be based upon all information relating to such hardship submitted by such date. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be final and binding upon all parties.

Here is the list of restricted free agent wide receivers:

Player

Position

Team

Years Accrued

Donald Jones

WR

Buffalo Bills

3

David Nelson

WR

Buffalo Bills

3

Brandon Reed

WR

Baltimore Ravens

3

Jordan Shipley

WR

Jacksonville Jaguars

3

Marlon Moore

WR

Miami Dolphins

3

Victor Cruz

WR

New York Giants

3

Emmanuel Sanders

WR

Pittsburgh Steelers

3

Seyi Ajirotutu

WR

San Diego Chargers

3

Danario Alexander

WR

San Diego Chargers

3

Deon Butler

WR

Seattle Seahawks

3

Brandon Banks

WR

Washington Redskins

3

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