Which wide receivers are left for Patriots to potentially sign?

Ryan Hannable
March 16, 2019 - 8:51 am
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The first week of NFL free agency is essentially over, and the majority of the top players are off the board.

Going into the week, wide receiver was a top need for the Patriots and while they signed two — Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris — it seems more is needed.

Of course, a trade is always a possibility, but here are a few free agents remaining that could be of interest for the Patriots.

Randall Cobb- Cobb only played in nine games last season and finished with just 38 receptions for 383 yards and two touchdowns. His best season came in 2014 when he had just under 1,300 yards receiving. He's spent his entire eight-year career in Green Bay, but it appears he will be playing elsewhere in 2019. Playing in a system like Green Bay could translate well in New England.

Michael Crabtree- The 31-year-old is probably the most experienced receiver of any on the market and is coming off a solid year in Baltimore. Crabtree finished with 54 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers could have been even better with a better quarterback situation. He’s certainly one of the better wide outs left.

Jordy Nelson- After he was released by the Raiders on Thursday, many immediately connected him to the Patriots. The 33-year-old was semi-productive in his first and only year in Oakland, finishing with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns. This likely could be even better with a better quarterback. With Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, he had four, 1,000-yard seasons and could be a solid fit with Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Pierre Garcon- This is a prime example of what is left — a veteran receiver who is past his prime. The former Redskins and Colts receiver has spent the last two seasons with the 49ers, but has struggled to stay on the field. He’s played in just eight games each of the last two years. It would seem like he’s a last resort.

Jermaine Kearse- The 29-year-old had his best season in 2017 when he had 810 receiving yards, but followed it up with just 371 last season. Of course, his numbers likely would have been better on a team besides the Jets. But, even when he was with the Seahawks he never was outstanding. Again, he’s a long-shot.

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