Kenny Golladay and the Best Wide Receivers this 2021 NFL Free Agency
The doors of the NFL free agency period have officially swung open, and there’s a wealth of wideouts out on the market. Detroit’s Kenny Golladay leads the list as the top option on the board, but there are several other WRs who can make a huge impact on a new team immediately.
Read on as we break down the best available wide receiver free agents this 2021 NFL offseason. And to be on top of all the developments from the NFL offseason and beyond, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
2020 team: Detroit Lions
Ideal landing spot: New York Jets
Even with the league adjusting the cap space for each team this 2021 season, the Jets still have the second-highest amount of cap room in the league at over $28 million to spend. In turn, New York has to pull out all the stops to get the best available free-agent wide receiver.
That player happens to be Kenny Golladay, who was a Pro Bowl selection in 2019; the year when he led the league in receiving touchdowns with 11. Golladay also posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Detroit before last year’s injury-riddled campaign, making him the explosive downfield threat that New York desperately needs in order to maximize Jamison Crowder’s prowess in the slot.
2020 team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ideal landing spot: Arizona Cardinals
Despite playing for a pass-heavy offense, JuJu Smith-Schuster never transformed into the WR1 role that the Steelers envisioned him becoming following the departure of Antonio Brown in 2019.
It’s no secret that Smith-Schuster was at his best when the Steelers had an equally imposing receiving threat on the opposing side of the field of the USC product. That being said, the Cardinals would benefit the most from this scenario. Not only can JuJu excel as Kyler Murray’s second option after DeAndre Hopkins, but he’ll also be much closer to his hometown of Long Beach with a possible transfer back to the West Coast.
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2020 team: Tennessee Titans
Ideal landing spot: Baltimore Ravens
The first four years in the NFL for former fifth-overall pick Corey Davis have been very inconsistent. The 26-year-old out of Western Michigan has yet to post a 1,000-yard receiving season, nor has he caught more than five TDs in a single campaign. And when he started to show real progress after his sophomore season in the NFL, he was soon overshadowed by Tennessee’s next wide receiver prospect in A.J. Brown.
Baltimore appears to be a nice fit for Davis, who is a versatile wideout that the team could use to complement big-play receiver, Marquise Brown. Davis will get his moments to shine as a possession wideout in the Ravens passing game, while also having the upside of remaining with a playoff contender to further motivate his continued improvement.
Will Fuller V
2020 team: Houston Texans
Ideal landing spot: Houston Texans/Green Bay Packers
Had it not been for nagging injuries, fifth-year wideout Will Fuller V would probably be ranked higher on most team’s list of receiving threats to pick up in this year’s free agency market. But alas; Houston’s former first-round pick has not played more than 11 games in each of the past four seasons.
That being said, perhaps it would be wise for the Texans to try and hang on to Fuller for a couple more seasons. After all, the electric 26-year-old had his best season the pros in 2020 no longer with DeAndre Hopkins on the opposite end of Houston’s offensive formations, finishing with career-highs of 53 receptions, 879 receiving yards, eight TDs, and a staggering average of 16.6 yards per catch.
But if the Texans ultimately decide to move on from Fuller, a team like Green Bay, whose odds to win SB LVI currently stand at (+800), should be more than glad to swoop in.
The Packers need a speedy receiver with reliable hands to increase their odds of winning the Lombardi Trophy, and there’s no better man for the job at that than Fuller. The move will also quell all supposed frustrations coming from star quarterback Aaron Rodgers following his team’s bitter defeat at the most recent NFC Championship Game.
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