Which wide receivers are left for Patriots in NFL free agency?

Ryan Hannable
March 12, 2019 - 1:39 pm

The NFL free agent tampering period is just over a day old and a number of wide receivers are already off the market.

New England clearly needs to add receivers given Julian Edelman is the only player who finished the 2018 season on the active roster under contract for 2019. But, given the underwhelming market, the better ones have already been scooped by other teams, including Adam Humphries, who the Titans reportedly outbid the Patriots for on Monday.

It is also worth noting Julian Edelman's contract ($5.5 million average per season) and the team needing to be careful not to sign a player to a much bigger deal who is not close to the same level as Edelman is. This could create some potential issues within the locker room.

As of Tuesday afternoon, here are some of the better receivers who are left for the Patriots to potentially consider, and it isn't much.

Golden Tate- The 30-year-old is certainly one of, if not the best receiver currently available who made it clear a few weeks ago he would love to play with Tom Brady and the Patriots. Tate was traded to the Eagles from the Lions at the deadline last season. He finished with 74 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns between the two teams. In his 10-year career, he's had three, 1,000-yard seasons. Given the money receivers have received so far, he likely will be out of the Patriots' price range, but the team will certainly be monitoring his situation. There have been no rumors regarding his future to this point.

Tyrell Williams- Being 27 years old, Williams may get the most money out of any of the free agent receivers remaining and that is not good news for the Patriots. In 16 games, he finished this past season with 41 receptions for 653 yards and five touchdowns. The former Chargers wide out likely will get paid like a No. 1 receiver when in reality he's more of a No. 2 or 3. Don't expect him to come to New England unless his value drops significantly.

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. The Patriots would likely need to add a younger free agent in addition to Crabtree, but he could be a potential option on a one or two-year deal.

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. Relating to the Patriots, Cobb is likely a long-shot as it would appear they can do better than the 28-year-old.

Phillip Dorsett/Chris Hogan/Cordarrelle Patterson- There haven't been many rumors surrounding any of the former Patriots receivers besides the team and Dorsett still having conversations, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald. It doesn't seem likely Hogan or Patterson will return, but their situations should be monitored. If the Patriots can bring them back on a team-friendly deal perhaps they would. If Dorsett doesn't get many good offers, a return to New England could happen.

Related: Actually, the Lions overpaying for a bunch of former Patriots is the opposite of Belichick's approach

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