Where Will They End Up? (Wide Receivers)

Where will T.J. Houshmandzadeh be playing in 2009 and beyond? How about Antonio Bryant, who is coming off of a big season? Details inside...

1) T.J. Houshmandzadeh/Cincinnati Bengals

Possible Suitors: Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Baltimore could use a receiver that gets open like Houshmandzadeh and they know him well after playing against him for so many years.

Carolina must find a young receiver who could work underneath. Steve Smith is getting way too much attention from opposing defenses and they have to get another receiver who teams will respect.

Chicago could use a sure-handed receiver who could work underneath while Devin Hester stretches the field.

Cincinnati has two young receivers, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson, who they are targeting to replace Houshmandzadeh. So the veteran receiver probably has played his last down for the team.

Detroit needs a possession receiver to work opposite Calvin Johnson. Houshmandzadeh would be a nice fit for their offense since they don't really have anyone who can work the hash area.

Minnesota could use an upgrade over possession WR Bobby Wade and Houshmandzadeh is also more physical than him. However, while they're in good cap shape, they may not want to tie up so much money at the position since they spent a lot on Bernard Berrian last season.

You name it and Oakland needs it at the receiver position. They need talent, period.

Locally, there's a lot of speculation in Philly about Houshmandzadeh. However, they like slot WR Jason Avant and will be looking for a receiver with size. So, while the team is in great cap shape, they may ultimately decide to make a trade for a receiver like Anquan Boldin is the kind of physical presence they need at the position.

A league source told Scout.com that San Francisco will be getting at least $14 million in cap credits which would put them with over $25 million in cap space. Houshmandzadeh would be an upgrade over just about any receiver they have on their roster.

Tampa Bay is one of many teams that will have the available cap space to sign Houshmandzadeh. They certainly will have at least one starting job open at receiver.

Tennessee badly needs an underneath receiver to play opposite Justin Gage and they could pay Houshmandzadeh whatever they want.

Most Likely Destination: Detroit, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee are all projected to be in good cap shape and all should show interest in him.


2) Antonio Bryant/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Possible Suitors: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baltimore badly needs size at the receiver position and Bryant could provide a badly needed passing game option right away. A league source said they'll have at least $20 million to spend in free agency.

Buffalo has to find a receiver with size to play opposite Lee Evans. It clearly wasn't working with James Hardy last season.

Chicago is yet another team that will be looking for size at the receiver position.

Jacksonville could be interested in Bryant if they jettison veteran Jerry Porter who is due a $2 million roster bonus soon.

If Plaxico Burress is released, New York could begin to look for a receiver with size.

Oakland is a mess at the receiver position so Bryant could become their top player at that position right away. Problem is they are only about $10 million or so under the salary cap. However, they have decisions to make on several veterans who are due roster bonuses that could clear up quite a bit of cash if those options aren't exercised.

Philadelphia will be one of those teams that will be looking for size at the receiver position. He played in the West Coast offense last season and would be a nice complement to Kevin Curtis.

Tampa Bay will be well over $40 million under the cap when they get all of their credits so they could easily re-sign Bryant or use their franchise tag on him. Either way, they must bring him back based on his performance from last season. They have no choice when you look at their lack of talent and depth at receiver.

Most Likely Destination: Have to think Tampa Bay uses their franchise tag on him since they have so much cap space.


3) Lance Moore/New Orleans Saints

Possible Suitors: Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Detroit could use a possession receiver who could work underneath. Moore would complement Calvin Johnson quite well. A league source told Scout.com that the team should have well over $30 million to spend in free agency.

Look for Moore, who is set to become a restricted free agent, should get at least a second-round tender from New Orleans. But it's possible that even at that level, another team could make a run at him. If they tender him at the first-round level, that would probably scare off most teams. However, a league source said New Orleans is projected to be over the cap. So any team that tenders him a lucrative offer sheet could make it hard for New Orleans to match it.

Tampa Bay is projected to be more than $40 million under the salary cap so a sure-handed receiver like Moore could yield a nice offer sheet from them. Moore would fit in well in Tampa's West Coast offense.

Tennessee may be looking for a possession receiver who complements down field receiver Justin Gage.

Most Likely Destination: Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, or Tennessee Titans. Detroit and Tennessee are in good cap shape and could put together a substantial offer sheet. New Orleans wants him back, but may have to give him a first-round tender to secure him.


4) Amani Toomer/New York Giants

Possible Suitors: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants

Baltimore needs size at the receiver position and Toomer could at least provide that along with good hands.

Buffalo didn't get much from rookie James Hardy, who wound up suffering a knee injury late in the season. They badly need a receiver with size who could come in and play right away. This is one of the few teams that could offer him a starting job.

Chicago, like Buffalo, must find a receiver with size who could play on the opposite size of a speedy pass catcher--someone who currently isn't on their roster.

Detroit could use a possession receiver to play opposite Calvin Johnson so there's a match there.

The Giants will look to move in former second-round pick Steve Smith into the starting lineup next season so there's a decent chance Toomer won't return for his 14th season with the team.

Most Likely Destination: Backup job. Toomer turns 35 in September so there's a decent chance he'll wind up handling a No. 3 role for the team he signs with.


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