No team needs to add a weapon more than the Chicago Bears this offseason. They believe they got their long-term answer at quarterback in last year’s draft and they already have the running back in place and a few pieces on the offensive line.
Now, they need to get more weapons in the passing game to help the development of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. They like second-year tight end Adam Shaheen, but they need wide receivers and depth at tight end.
However, there are several other teams that could use a receiver for their quarterback and every one of them will look to fill their receiving holes in free agency or the draft.
Here are the best wide receivers scheduled to become free agents on March 14.
#1 - Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Landry early in the process and the assumption is that they did so to trade him. In January, Landry voiced his displeasure with how the team handled his contract situation. The former second round draft pick has been one of the most consistent possession receivers in the league in his four seasons in the NFL, including a league-high 112 catches last season.
#2 - Allen Robinson, Jaguars
Robinson is a big, dynamic, downfield receiver. Had he not torn his ACL last season, he would be one of the top players in the free agent class, regardless of position. Of course, the Jaguars would likely have re-signed him. They need to upgrade the position for quarterback Blake Bortles. Re-signing Robinson is a very good start, but of course the knee injury makes it a little more difficult to predict his future.
#3 - Marqise Lee, Jaguars
Lee is the other talented Jaguars receiver. He has been inconsistent with the Jags, but it's difficult to say how much of that is on the up-and-down history of his quarterback. For now, Lee looks like a candidate for a short-term, prove-it deal.
#4 - Sammy Watkins, Rams
Watkins is a highly talented receiver and none of the free agent receivers came out of college with the hype he did (the Bills traded up to fourth overall in the 2014 draft to select him). Injuries and inconsistency hampered Watkins in Buffalo and he was traded last offseason to the Rams. Watkins was viewed as a player that could benefit from a change of scenery but by the end of the season, he was the third or fourth option in the passing game. Would another change of scenery make it click for him? Probably not, but the talent is there.
#5 - Terrelle Pryor, Jr., Washington
Pryor had a breakout season with the Browns in 2016 and he entered free agency that off season looking to cash in. However, the offers didn’t come and he was forced to take a one-year, prove-it deal in Washington. It did not go well. He had just 20 catches and was mostly invisible. Just like some of the other receivers, the talented is there, but the production hasn’t been.
Wild Card - Michael Floyd, Vikings
Floyd was trending upward with the Cardinals after they selected him in the first round of the 2012 draft. However, things went downhill quickly in 2016 after DUI arrest in the Phoenix area. Last season, he was buried a little on the Vikings depth chart, but was very effective as a run blocker, making him an interesting situational player.
Here are the best tight ends scheduled to become free agents on March 14.
#1 - Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
In his first few seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Graham was considered one of the most dangerous tight ends in the league. However, after getting traded to Seattle, things have been different. There were moments of brilliance, but not as many as expected. Still, Graham should still be the most sought-after tight end on the market.
#2- Trey Burton, Eagles
Burton showed the ability to be a matchup nightmare as a receiver for the Eagles last season, and he was one of the Super Bowl heroes with the touchdown pass he threw to quarterback Nick Foles. Burton had five touchdowns, which was five times as many as he had previously in his career, but only had 23 catches for 248 yards. Teams should be cautious about offering him a high-priced contract.
Wild Card - Tyler Eifert, Bengals
When healthy, Eifert is one of the better red zone receivers in the league. However, after his breakout 2015 season, he suffered an injury at the Pro Bowl and has played in just 10 games over the last two years, including two last season. He will likely have to take a short-term, prove-it deal this offseason.