Over the next several days leading up to the launch of the 2014 League Year on Tuesday, March 11, vikings.com will unveil its 2014 Free Agency Preview. NFL.com has ranked the top 100 free agents in this year’s class, and our preview will use those rankings to set the stage. As always, we encourage readers to use the space below the story to submit their thoughts.
Not many would point to wide receiver as a priority for the Vikings this offseason, but while chatting with Voice of the Vikings Paul Allen on KFAN during the Combine, Sports Illustrated and MMQB’s Peter King identified slot receiver as an important area for the Vikings to address as they move forward, potentially with a young quarterback under center at some point in 2014.
With that in mind, he’s a preview of this year’s class of free agent wide receivers.
NFL.com’s Top 10 Free Agent WRs (overall ranking)
1. Eric Decker (14)
A Minnesota native, Decker will command top dollar and some might argue the Vikings would be wise to spend their money on another part of the roster. But Decker’s sure hands and team-first mentality would be a solid addition.
2. Hakeem Nicks (22)
3. Golden Tate (34)
Perhaps one of the more underrated free agents in this year’s class, Tate is productive and tough. Vikings WRs coach George Stewart would love his willingness to mix it up as a blocker and Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer would love him for punt return insurance.
4. Julian Edelman (45)
He was Tom Brady’s top target in New England last year, and right now he’s Peter King’s top free agent target for the Vikings.
5. James Jones (49)
6. Emmanuel Sanders (50)
7. Andre Roberts (69)
8. Sidney Rice (72)
A former Viking, Rice is now on the market after being released by the Vikings. His top attributes are size and sure hands, but he’s also going to have to battle injury questions (ACL, concussions, hip).
9. Ted Ginn (99)
An elite kickoff and punt returner as well as a quality receiver.
10. Kenny Britt (100)
Other notables: Brandon LaFell, Jacoby Jones, Jacoby Ford, Mario Manningham, Nate Burleson, Josh Morgan, Brandon Tate, Robert Meachem.