NFL free agents 2020: Top 10 wide receivers
Wide receivers will be at a premium when teams look to add talent via free agency this offseason.
The 2020 class is noticeably top-heavy at the receiver position. There are a few household names set to earn top dollar from teams desperate for a No. 1 target. Other teams, like the New England Patriots, could be looking at the next tier of options to add depth to their receiving corps.
The Patriots dealt with plenty of turnover at wide receiver in 2019. From Antonio Brown's brief tenure to the addition of Mohamed Sanu, and all of the injuries in-between, quarterback Tom Brady never really had a consistent group of weapons.
This offseason, New England has a few intriguing depth options including one of its own free agents and a veteran who was a contributor to two of its Super Bowl titles.
Here's a look at the top 10 free-agent wide receivers set to hit the market:
1. Amari Cooper
2019 stats: 79 receptions, 1,189 yards, eight touchdowns
2019 salary: $14 million
Cooper is the premier wideout on the free-agent market this offseason. The 25-year-old set career highs in both yards and TDs. Those marks were set despite a second-half dip in production that was largely due to a nagging knee injury.
After being traded by the Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 for a first-round pick, Cooper immediately built a rapport with QB Dak Prescott. Considering their connection, it's hard to imagine the Cowboys not paying up for their No. 1 receiver.
UPDATE (March 16): Cooper is returning to the Cowboys on a five-year, $100 million deal. There was stiff competition from the Redskins for his services, but ultimately, he'll stay in Dallas.
2. A.J. Green
2019 stats: DNP
2019 salary: $12 million
Green's talent is undeniable, but the longtime Cincinnati Bengal missed half of the 2018 season and all of 2019 with injuries to his toe and ankle. While the 31-year-old has plenty to prove as he makes his long-awaited return to the gridiron, there's no doubt he'll receive attention from teams in need of receiver help despite the injury concerns.
In 2017, his last full season, the seven-time Pro Bowler notched 75 catches for 1,078 yards and eight TDs.
UPDATE (March 16): The Bengals have placed the franchise tag on Green.
3. Emmanuel Sanders
2019 stats: 66 receptions, 869 yards, five touchdowns
2019 salary: $10 million
Sanders' best seasons likely are behind him as he prepares for his age-33 campaign, but after being traded from the Denver Broncos to the San Francisco 49ers, he proved he has plenty of gas left in the tank. The 10-year veteran admirably bounced back from a torn Achilles to help the Niners en route to Super Bowl 54.
UPDATE (March 20): Sanders has signed with the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
4. Robby Anderson
2019 stats: 52 receptions, 779 yards, five touchdowns
2019 salary: $3 million
One player who could benefit greatly from a change of scenery is Anderson, who has spent the last four seasons playing in a mostly dysfunctional New York Jets offense. Even during a 2019 campaign in which his quarterback Sam Darnold missed multiple games with mono and backup Trevor Siemian broke his leg.
The upside is definitely there with Anderson, as he's certainly one of the better deep threats in the league.
UPDATE (March 24): Anderson has signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
5. Randall Cobb
2019 stats: 55 receptions, 828 yards, three touchdowns
2019 salary: $2 million
After spending the first eight years of his NFL career in Green Bay, Cobb didn't miss a beat in his first season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Cobb was one of Dak Prescott's favorite targets and will garner plenty of attention on the market from teams looking for a reliable slot receiver. It wouldn't be surprising to see him re-sign with Dallas, especially with his former head coach Mike McCarthy replacing Jason Garrett.
UPDATE (March 16): The Texans have signed Cobb to a three-year deal worth $27 million, per NFL Network's James Jones. Cobb will be tasked with helping replace DeAndre Hopkins.
6. Breshad Perriman
2019 stats: 36 receptions, 645 yards, six touchdowns
2019 salary: $2 million
Perriman has only been in the league for four seasons, but he's already played on three different teams (Ravens, Browns, Buccaneers).
In 2019 with Tampa Bay, he set career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Perriman is an intriguing under-the-radar option for teams looking to add a high-upside wideout, but his price likely increased after his impressive campaign.
UPDATE (March 24): Perriman has signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets worth up to $8 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
7. Phillip Dorsett
2019 stats: 29 catches, 397 yards, five touchdowns
2019 salary: $1.5 million
Dorsett is set to become one of the Patriots' several key free agents this offseason. In 2019, he often struggled to get on the same page as Tom Brady but did have a career-high five TDs in 14 games played.
Dorsett also was a free agent last offseason before opting to re-up with the Patriots on a one-year deal.
UPDATE (March 24): Dorsett has signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
8. Devin Funchess
2019 stats: Three receptions, 32 yards, zero touchdowns (one game).
2019 salary: $3 million
Funchess missed all but one game with the Colts in 2019 due to a collarbone injury. Before that, he spent four seasons as one of Cam Newton's primary targets in Carolina.
In 14 games with the Panthers during the '18 season, Funchess hauled in 44 catches for 549 yards and four TDs.
UPDATE (March 24): Funchess has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
9. Nelson Agholor
2019 stats: 39 receptions, 363 yards, three touchdowns
2019 salary: $9.4 million
It was a rough 2019 season for Agholor, whose issues with dropped passes made him the punchline of a hysterical joke that took over the Internet.
But Agholor has shown in years past that he can be a valuable part of an offense. He'll likely sign somewhere on a cheap short-term deal as he aims for a bounceback campaign.
UPDATE (March 21): Agholor will be joining Jon Gruden's offense with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The contract for Agholor will be one year in length.
10. Demarcus Robinson
2019 stats: 32 receptions, 449 yards, three touchdown
2019 salary: $2 million
Robinson reaped the rewards of playing with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs last season, posting solid numbers and recording career-highs in catches, yards per catch (14), and touchdowns. The Chiefs may be hard-pressed to keep him around with an extension pending for Mahomes and Robinson may want to go somewhere with less receiver competition. Robinson has a ton of upside, so he could be a good bargain signing.
UPDATE (March 28): The Chiefs are re-signing Robinson to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.