Top-10 Upcoming Free Agent Wide Receivers for the 2021 NFL Offseason
Elite-level players don't often become free agents in the NFL because teams don't want to let them get away. That's usually proven true at wide receiver as well, but this year's free-agent class might be one of the most loaded WR groups we've seen in quite some time.
It's not just a top-heavy class, either. This group is absurdly deep to boot. So whether a team is looking for a legitimate superstar, a rock-solid No. 2 or a reliable rotational player, teams shouldn't have much trouble finding their guy.
With that in mind, here are the top-10 WRs likely to hit free agency in 2021.
11. Honorable Mentions
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (UFA)
- Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions (UFA)
- Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs (UFA)
- Nelson Agholar, Las Vegas Raiders (UFA)
10. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (UFA)
9. Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions (UFA)
8. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (UFA)
7. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (UFA)
JuJu Smith-Schuster's star has outranked his production recently. Since tallying 1,426 yards alongside Antonio Brown in 2018, JuJu has yet to reach even 850 yards in a season and has failed to record a single 100-yard game. But it's hard to ignore what he did in 2018, making the Pro Bowl as a 22-year-old kid. Still just 24, JuJu has room to grow. And while his production has been down lately, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense has been a mess in general over the past two seasons, so it's hard to blame JuJu that much. He's best viewed as a fantastic No. 2 or 3 option instead of the true No. 1 he was touted as early in his career, however.
6. Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (UFA)
5. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (UFA)
4. Will Fuller V, Houston Texans (UFA)
3. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (UFA)
Kenny Golladay barely played this season due to various injuries. But when he did, he was his usual, dominant self. In the four games he both started and finished, Golladay tallied either 100 receiving yards or a TD in each outing. He's also just one year removed from an 1,190-yard, 11-TD (which led the NFL) campaign in 2019. The guy makes highlight-reel plays every time he steps on the field, seems to win every 50-50 ball he gets and is among the league's best deep threats. Teams should be fighting to sign the 27-year-old stud, though his injury history is a bit of a red flag.
2. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (UFA)
1. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (UFA)
It's hard to argue that Chris Godwin is currently the best wide receiver in this year's class. That honor probably belongs to Allen Robinson. But Godwin is already a proven superstar at just 24 years old, which is why he gets the nod here. Godwin had his ups and downs through an injury-riddled 2020 campaign, recording 65 catches for 840 yards and 7 TDs through 12 games. But playing healthier and in a bigger role in 2019, Godwin tallied 86 catches for 1,333 yards and 9 TDs through 14 outings. Those are legit superstar numbers. A big-bodied WR who is one of the most well-rounded receivers in the league, adding Godwin could quickly transform a team's WR corps for years to come.
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