Strong free-agent options at wide receiver

February, 1, 2013
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Potentially, one of the most stacked positions in upcoming free agency is wide receiver.

That is of interest in the AFC West, because each team in the division could use a receiver

Here are some of the top receivers who can become free agents on March 12: Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace, Green Bay’s Greg Jennings, New England’s Wes Welker and St. Louis’ Danny Amendola. Some of the these players could be franchised or re-signed

But I think a couple of them could hit the open market. The interest in the AFC West starts with Bowe. The new Kansas City brass must decide if it wants to re-sign or give the franchise tag to Bowe. If the previous brass was kept, I’d think Bowe would be gone. I can see Andy Reid trying to keep Bowe.

If not, the Chiefs could be looking at the other receivers on this list

Denver could be intrigued by adding Wallace or Welker, although it wouldn’t be cheap.

San Diego could use an impact receiver to help Philip Rivers. But the Chargers don’t have a ton of salary-cap room and they must fix their offensive line first.

Oakland is probably the least likely of the AFC West teams to pursue a top receiver. It has major defensive needs, salary-cap limitations and some intriguing young receivers.

But there are enough needs and enough quality options that we can see a big-name receiver or two sign in this division this year.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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