2005 Free Agents: Wide Receivers

<P> David Givens and David Patten face the prospect of the being able to find new teams with their current free agent status. Troy Brown is dealing with possible retirement or becoming a cap casualty. And PK Sam has found a way into the team's doghouse in spite of being on IR.</P><P>Who else is out there to fill the possible void at WR, and give Tom Brady a new threat? Take a look at the list of potential replacements, including some Patriots already on the roster.</P>

PHOTO: Pittsburgh Steelers Plaxico Burress is unhappy in the Steel City. According to recent reports, he's looking to find a new home, and teams will likely be willing to pay the price to acquire the 6'-5" target.

2005 Free-Agent Wide Receivers

A listing of the wide receivers scheduled for NFL free agency in 2005. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent; ERFA=Exclusive Rights Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. The "Best of the Bunch" is sorted by rankings from Scout.com's Lane Adkins. The "Rest of the Bunch" is sorted by free-agent type, then by most recent team. Comments provided for unrestricted free agents.
PlayerFree-Agent Type2004 Team
Jerry PorterUFARaiders

Comment: Will be in high demand if he reaches free agency. Legit deep threat, good hands receiver who tallied 64 receptions, 998 yards and 9 touchdowns. Porter had the privilege to work under NFL great Jerry Rice to accelerate his learning of be a number one receiver. Raiders don't have anyone to replace Porter if he leaves, so look for them to push hard and maybe surprise many by tagging the lonely playmaker on offense.

Updated: Porter was signed to a new deal, no longer a FA.

Plaxico BurressUFASteelers

Comment: Inconsistent hands and attitude will not detour teams from over paying the 6-foot-5 receiver. Burress creates double teams because of his physical attributes, not because of his receiving skills. Steelers would like to have the big guy back, but will not receive the big-time offer.

Updated: Considering the team cannot afford to franchise the WR he will become a free agent unless his recent comments about being a wr on a running team were just for show.

Cedrick WilsonRFA49ers
Comment: Coming off his best season, but still has not reached being a legitimate number one receiver. 49ers will tender him and will do what it takes to keep him San Francisco.
David GivensRFAPatriots
Comment: Patriots will tender him initially but many are speculating that the Patriots are already working on a long-term deal to make sure he never reaches free agency. Given's ability to make catches for first downs, helped the Patriots convert a number of third and long situations. Don't think that hasn't been a key factor in the teams success.
Joey GallowayUFABuccaneers
Comment: Could be a game breaker for any team, but also a locker room problem child if you do not keep him under tight reigns. Has all the tools to make any defender look bad, but attitude and work ethic must be looked into. Could go to any team who feels they will be making a run at a ring.
T.J. HoushmandzadehUFABengals
Comment: Houshmandzadeh looks to be one of the most popular receivers who may reach free agency, if the Bengals do not make him an offer he cannot resist. He may want to test free agency as many teams have been rumored to want to bring him in as a number one receiver, something Houshmandzadeh wonft be with Chad Johnson on the roster.
Tai StreetsUFALions
Comment: Could be a solid number two receiver for any team, but will stay in the west coast offense. Look for Streets to receive many offers, but settles for less to play on a winning team.
Lee MaysRFASteelers
Travis TaylorUFARavens
Comment: Taylor has not reached being a threat as a receiver that he was drafted to be. Has been a bust after being drafted 10th overall in the 2000 draft out of Florida. Someone will take a chance on the young receiver, but Taylor will not receive much more than the average receiver' salary.
Curtis ConwayUFA49ers
Comment: Conway is a reliable receiver, but will have trouble finding work considering his veteran minimum salary. Look for Conway to wait it out and look for a shot with a winning team who has had injury problems in camp or early in the season.
Troy EdwardsUFAJaguars
Comment: Another first-round bust that was traded from the Steelers to the Rams and then found himself in Jacksonville. Looked to be coming into his own this past season for the Jaguars but still will have a hard time finding a secure job with any team. Edwards is a playmaker. His quickness and the ability to run after the catch are his best attributes, but hands and attitude have always been the downfall in being a complete receiver.
Corey BradfordUFATexans
Comment: Bradford is a pure deep threat, but has yet to make it to the next level. Any team that needs to stretch the field could look at Bradford as a solid choice.
David PattenUFAPatriots
Comment: Patriot players will be hard sought after, but Patten may want to stay where he is winning rings and pass on better offers to play on sub-par teams. Patten figures nicely into the receiver rotation. And with the possible retirement of Troy Brown, or the lack of develpment of any new internal talent, Patten will probably decide to stay.
Andra DavisRFABrowns
Marc BoerighterRFAChiefs
Dane LookerUFARams
Comment: Could fill out a depth chart, but not much more for the four-year vet out of Washington University.
James Thrash UFARedskins
Comment: Thrash is a solid contributor in Washington, and with Rod Gardner's almost-certain departure he could become a priority for the Redskins. Thrash is a solid receiver, but not the playmaker Washington will now seek.
Kelly CampbellRFAVikings
Eddie DrummondRFALions
Bill SchroederUFABuccaneers
Comment: Schroeder's cleats are close to being worn for the last time. Could come back if 2005 becomes a year where teams are short on receivers due to injuries, but looks to be the last we see of the 11-year veteran.
PlayerFree-Agent Type2004 Team
Drew Haddad UFABills
Comment: Depth chart fodder.
Andre KingUFABrowns
Comment: Has shown speed and signs of improvement; will land a solid job at minimal expense to any team.
Charles LeeUFABuccaneers
Comment: Looked to be a star in the making in 2003, but underperformed for many reasons this past season. Look for him to want to stay where he is most comfortable.
Frank MurphyUFABuccaneers
Comment: Career may be close to being over. Has not become the player most coaches feel he could be.
Tim BrownUFABuccaneers
Comment: All-time great who may hang it up and follow the rest of the overaged greats to retirement this offseason.
Bobby ShawUFAChargers
Comment: Shaw's potential is why he finds a job every year, but has not been consistent enough to warrant too many more opportunities.
Troy WaltersUFAColts
Comment: Hard-working receiver who doubles on special teams as a valuable asset. Look for Walters to sniff around for a better opportunity.
Dedric WardUFACowboys
Comment: Ward will be invited to someone's camp, but do not look for him on an active roster in 2005 unless receivers are very hard to come by.
Reggie SwintonUFALions
Comment: Potential special teams playmaker as a kick or punt returner.
Kelvin KightUFAPackers
Comment: Depth chart fodder.
Karl HanktonUFAPanthers
Comment: Replacement player if a team is hurt by injuries.
Micah RossUFAPanthers
Comment: Solid special teams contributor; nothing more.
Alex BannisterUFASeahawks
Comment: Tall, lanky receiver who earned a Pro Bowl appearance as a special teamer. Has interesting attributes, but has made his mark as a special teams performer.
Edell ShepherdRFABuccaneers
Nathan PooleRFACardinals
Cortez HanktonRFAJaguars
Jonathan CarterRFAJets
Kevin KasperRFAPatriots
Freddie MilonsRFARavens
Randy HymesRFARavens
Darrell HillRFATitans
Jason McAddleyRFATitans
Romar CrenshawERFABroncos
CJ JonesERFABrowns
DeAndrew RubinERFABuccaneers
Derek McCoyERFABuccaneers
Reggie NewhouseERFACardinals
Malcolm FloydERFAChargers
Tom CrowderERFACowboys
Kendall NewsonERFADolphins
Willie PonderERFAGiants
Antoine BurnsERFAPanthers
Cedric JamesERFAPatriots
Ronald CurryERFARaiders
Mike FurreyERFARams
Talman GardnerERFASaints
Sean MoreyERFASteelers
JJ MosesERFATexans
Lane DanielsonERFATitans
Todd DeVoeERFATitans
Aaron HosackERFAVikings

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