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Who's Out There 2016? Free-Agent Wide Receivers And Tight Ends


Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome has said he wants to add more pass catchers to the roster this offseason.

He has a history of dipping into free agency to find wide receivers, like he did with wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. in 2014. Newsome has some options if he decides to go that route again, and here's a look at who's currently out there when the free-agency market opens March 9:

Top Tier

WR Travis Benjamin, Cleveland BrownsUnrestricted, 26 years old, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds
2015 stats:68 catches, 966 yards, 5 touchdowns
Benjamin had a breakout season in 2015, and now he's set to cash in on free agency. Benjamin's greatest asset is his speed, and he has the ability to take the top off the defense. Teams pay a premium for speed, and Benjamin will likely get a big deal out of Baltimore's price range.

WR Marvin Jones, Cincinnati BengalsUnrestricted, 26 years old, 6-foot-2, 198 pounds
2015 stats:65 catches, 816 yards, 4 touchdowns
Jones is another AFC North foe the Ravens know well. He is also coming off the best season of his career, which came at the perfect time for a player about to hit the open market. Jones benefitted from playing alongside A.J. Green during his time in Cincinnati, but he is still a quality option for teams looking to upgrade at the position. 

Solid Options

WR Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ersUnrestricted, 35 years old, 6-foot-1, 220 pounds
2015 stats:69 catches, 787 yards, 4 touchdowns
Boldin is a household name in Baltimore who plenty of fans would like to see make his way back to town. Boldin was a key piece of the run to the Lombardi Trophy in 2012, but the Ravens dealt him away that offseason because of salary-cap reasons. Boldin's production took a dip last year, but he's still a reliable receiver who may have a few more years left in him.

WR Brandon LaFell, New England PatriotsUnrestricted, 29 years old, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds
2015 stats: 37 catches, 515 yards, 0 touchdowns
The Patriots parted ways with LaFell after his production declined last season. He almost topped 1,000 yards in 2015, but that fell nearly in half last year. If the Ravens are interested in LaFell, they could get a quality scouting report on him from Steve Smith Sr. because they spent four years together in Carolina. 

WR Roddy White, Atlanta FalconsUnrestricted, 34 years old, 6-foot-0, 211 pounds
2015 stats:43 catches, 506 yards, 1 touchdown
The Falcons cut White after he put up his worst statistical season since 2006, and now White could end up playing for a new team for the first time of his 13-year career. White was a perennial Pro Bowl receiver earlier in his career, but he hasn't topped 1,000 yards since 2012.  White's production the last few years will make him more affordable for a team that wants to give him another chance late in his career.

WR Marques Colston, New Orleans SaintsUnrestricted, 34 years old, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds
2015 stats: *45 catches, 520 yards, 4 touchdowns
The veteran wideout has seen his production decline in each of the last three seasons, which led to his release by the Saints. Colston may no longer be the dynamic receiver who topped 1,000 yards in six seasons with the Saints, but he is a big target with plenty of experience.

TE Antonio Gates, San Diego ChargersUnrestricted, 36 years old, 6-foot-4, 255 pounds
2015 stats:56 catches, 630 yards, 5 touchdowns
The veteran tight end is going into his 14th NFL season, and he's certainly nearing the end of his career. The expected future Hall of Famer has been one of the best tight ends over the last decade, and he could still give teams a boost as a pass catcher.

TE Ladarius Green,  San Diego ChargersUnrestricted, 25 years old, 6-foot-6, 240 pounds
2015 stats:37 catches, 429 yards, 4 touchdowns
Green has been Gates' understudy in San Diego the last four years, and it's unclear which one they will let walk out the door. Green has more upside as a young player, and he would give teams a big target who could be an immediate red-zone target.

TE Owen Daniels, Denver BroncosUnrestricted, 33 years old, 6-foot-3, 245 pounds
2015 stats:46 catches, 517 yards, 3 touchdowns
Daniels is a known commodity to the Ravens thanks to his one year in Baltimore in 2014. He signed a three-year deal with the Broncos going into last season, but Denver cut him this week after he started 16 games last year. Daniels is a veteran target who knows the Ravens offense like the back of his hand, and he could fill right in if the Ravens went that route.

TE Ben Watson, New Orleans SaintsUnrestricted, 35 years old, 6-foot-3, 255 pounds
2015 stats:74 catches, 825 yards, 6 touchdowns
The 13-year veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and he would give the Ravens a proven target for quarterback Joe Flacco. Watson also knows the AFC North from his three seasons with the Cleveland Browns from 2010-2012.


TE Vernon Davis, BroncosUnrestricted, 32 years old, 6-foot-3, 250 pounds
2015 stats:38 catches, 395 yards, 0 touchdowns
The former Maryland Terp has seen his stats take a steady drop over the last two years. The 49ers traded him to Denver in the middle of last season, but the change of scenery didn't lead to improved production. Davis is no longer the athletic freak who was a 2006 first-round pick, but he said recently he still wants to play for another four or five years. 

WR Leonard Hankerson, Buffalo Bills
Unrestricted, 27 years old, 6-foot-2, 211 pounds
2015 stats:26 catches, 327 yards, 3 touchdowns*Hankerson is a young receiver with upside, but he hasn't been able to stick with any teams over the last two seasons. He's played for the Redskins, Falcons, Patriots and Bills since 2014, and he's set to hit the free agency-*market again. Despite bouncing around to so many teams, Hankerson does have ability and a team could take a chance on him.

WR Rod Streater, Oakland RaidersUnrestricted, 28 years old, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds
2015 stats: n/a
Streater jumped onto the scene in 2013 when he put up 888 yards and four touchdowns, but he's made hardly any contribution the last two years. Streater dealt with an injury in 2014 and then played just one game last year. He is still a young player with upside, so a fresh start could be what he needs to get his career back on track.

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