NFL Free Agents 2013: WRs Who Will Cash in on Open Market

Ryan DavenportContributor IJanuary 17, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 09:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers can't pull in a pass during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers on December 9, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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If you're a fan of a team looking for a big-name receiver, this summer might have something in store for you.

That's because heading into the final month of the 2012 NFL campaign, there are a number of top-flight targets that will be enticing options on the free-agent market.

Some are young, some are old, but all have proven track records, which is why they'll be hot commodities once the offseason begins.

Though we have a few weeks to go, here's a look at some of the big names who are set to hit the open market in the not-so-distant future.


Mike Wallace

At just 26, Mike Wallace has been to both the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl and exceeded the 1,000-yard mark twice, but it looks like he could be wearing a new uniform in 2013.

Despite his respectable numbers, according to CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson, Wallace hasn't received any indication from Pittsburgh that he's a part of the team's plans beyond this season.

And just like last year, when Wallace was a restricted free agent, the Steelers have no plans to use the franchise tag on him. "I don't think we have too many franchise players," Colbert said, a sentiment we're guessing Wallace disagrees with given his decision to skip offseason workouts up through training camp while he angled for a new deal.

Wallace never got it, and it appears he won't -- not unless he's asking for substantially less than what kept him at home through August.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, if they don't pay Wallace what he wants, someone else will.


Greg Jennings

For those looking for an experienced wide receiver with a winning pedigree, look no further than Greg Jennings.

A key cog in the Packers' Super Bowl winning squad in 2010, Jennings has been one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets for the last three seasons, but as he enters free agency at 29, Jennings knows there's a good chance he'll be elsewhere next season (via NBC Sports).

“It’s been great — I love this organization, but the reality is that there will probably be some changes made,” Jennings said. “Hopefully I’m here, if not I’m ready to move wherever. . . . I love this organization, I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else, but if I have to that’s what I’m ready to do.”

He's saying all the right things, but unless something major happens, Jennings, who caught a career-low 366 yards in 2012, will be donning a new uniform in 2013.


Danny Amendola

No, he hasn't put up the numbers that Jennings or Wallace have thus far, but given that Danny Amendola hasn't had a sufficient opportunity to demonstrate what he's capable of, he could cash in during free agency.

He's only been in the league for four years, has two seasons with over 650 yards to his name and better yet, he'll undoubtedly cost less than the other high-end receiving options on the market.

The former Texas Tech star isn't big, but he's arguably been Sam Bradford's most reliable (when healthy) target in St. Louis, and unless the Rams re-sign him soon, he'll be improving upon his 2012 numbers of 666 yards in 11 games with someone else.