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Free Agent Preview: Wide Receiver

From now through the beginning of the free agent signing period, will take a position-by-position look at the top players scheduled to hit the market on March 5, and a few who might be potential Patriots. Today's preview: wide receiver.

Biggest Names

Miles Austin (RFA), Brandon Marshall (RFA), Jason Avant (RFA), Chris Chambers, Vincent Jackson (RFA)

Loads of talent available at this position but most of it will be hard to come by. The RFAs will likely command the highest tenders and warrant first- and third-round picks in return. That will be too steep a price for most teams to pay. Chambers is a talented guy who thrived in Kansas City after being released by the Chargers. He might make sense for a team looking to upgrade its receiver depth.

Possible Patriots

Malcom Floyd (RFA), Derrick Mason, Chambers

Although Floyd is restricted, he may slip through the cracks in San Diego behind his teammate Jackson and receive a lower tender offer. His big-play ability might be attractive opposite Randy Moss, an element that was sorely lacking in New England a year ago. Mason has danced with the Patriots in offseasons past and could garner interest despite his advanced age. Chambers has the talent to thrive with a guy like Brady getting him the ball.

The Full List

Name 2009 Team Position Status

Austin, Miles DAL WR RFA 4
Avant, Jason PHI WR RFA 4
Baskett, Hank IND WR RFA 4
Battle, Arnaz SF WR UFA
Booker, Marty ATL WR UFA
Bradley, Mark TB WR RFA 5
Breaston, Steve ARZ WR RFA 3
Bryant, Antonio TB WR UFA
Burleson, Nate SEA WR UFA
Chambers, Chris KC WR UFA
Clark, Brian TB WR RFA 4
Clayton, Mark BLT WR RFA 5
Copper, Terrance KC WR UFA
Edwards, Braylon NYJ WR RFA 5
Finneran, Brian ATL WR UFA
Floyd, Malcom SD WR RFA 4
Furrey, Mike CLV WR UFA
Galloway, Joey PIT WR UFA
Hagan, Derek NYG WR RFA 4
Hixon, Domenik NYG WR RFA 3
Hurd, Sam DAL WR RFA 4
Jackson, Vincent SD WR RFA 5
Lewis, Greg MIN WR UFA
Lloyd, Brandon DEN WR UFA
Marshall, Brandon DEN WR RFA 4
Martin, Ruvell SL WR RFA 4
Mason, Derrick BLT WR UFA
Moore, Lance NO WR RFA 4
Morey, Sean ARZ WR UFA
Moss, Sinorice NYG WR RFA 4
Muhammad, Muhsin CAR WR UFA
Obomanu, Ben SEA WR RFA 3
Osgood, Kassim SD WR UFA
Owens, Terrell BUF WR UFA
Reed, Josh BUF WR UFA
Roby, Courtney NO WR RFA 4
Smith, Brad NYJ WR RFA 4
Stovall, Maurice TB WR RFA 4
Tyree, David BLT WR UFA
Urban, Jerheme ARZ WR RFA 5
Wade, Bobby KC WR UFA
Walter, Kevin HST WR UFA
Washington, Kelley BLT WR UFA
Williams, Demetrius BLT WR RFA 4
Williamson, Troy JAX WR RFA 5
Wright, Wallace NYJ WR RFA 3

Up next in the Free Agent Preview series: defensive back, coming Monday, Feb. 22.

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