Washington heads into the offseason needing a number 2 receiver to pair with Garcon and a slot receiver potentially. With Josh Morgan and Santana Moss gone and Leonard Hankerson recovering from a major knee injury, it is likely Washington will address the wide receiver position either in free agency or in the draft. Here are some potential wide receiver candidates that Washington could sign as free agents:
1. Eric Decker: He is perhaps the bigger name on the free agent market for receivers and will likely command top dollar. However with the numbers Decker has put up and with Decker being a bigger and more physical receiver, he is definitely someone Washington could definitely use. This past season Decker hauled in 87 catches for 1288 yards and 11 touchdowns. Sure his quarterback was Peyton Manning, but even with Tebow throwing to him, Decker still produced and was a threat in the red zone, something Washington lacks.
2. Hakeem Nicks: Another big name receiver who is physical and tall. However, Nicks has had a history with injuries. He hasn't been healthy the past few seasons and hasn't been able to stay on the field. When healthy though, Nicks is a number 1 receiver and stealing him away from the Giants would be another success if Nicks can produce and accept low cost show me contract. It is unlikely Nicks will take a low cost deal but it is still worth at least talking to him.
3. Jeremy Maclin: Another receiver who has the potential to be a number 1 receiver but is coming off an ACL injury. Maclin has produced on the field in his time in Philly but with Desean Jackson claiming the number 1 spot and Riley Cooper emerging, Maclin could be the odd man out. Maclin could very well be worth the risk on a one year show me deal.
4. James Jones: A big physical receiver who is stuck behind Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson on the depth chart and wants his chance to start. Jones isn't afraid to go and get the ball and has the potential to put up big numbers game in and game out. He is also dangerous after the catch which is something Washington loves, just look at Pierre Garcon.
5. Anquan Boldin: A very reliable and consistent receiver all throughout his career, Boldin has produced and is still the physical receiver today as he has always been. Although he is older and his career may be coming to an end, Boldin can still produce as a stop gap receiver this season. If Washington misses out on of the younger receivers, Boldin is someone they should seriously consider.
6. Julian Edelman: He was Tom Brady's go to guy this season and should come relatively cheap. Edelman is still young and can also return punts. He was targeted 151 times this season by Brady hauling in 105 catches for over 1000 yards. Washington has many other needs to address in free agency so Edelman should definitely be in consideration as he should come cheap and can produce.
7. Golden Tate: Another young receiver who led the Seahawks this past season and can also return punts as well. Tate is likely looking for a good amount of money and wants to return to Seattle so coming to Washington may be out of the question, but nonetheless, someone to consider as he can fill two needs at receiver and as a returner.
8. Kenny Britt: He is a receiver who has the potential to be a number 1 receiver but some bad drops led to him being lost on the Titans depth chart. However Britt is still 25 and stands at 6'3. It is inevitable he won't return to Tennessee and the market for him may not be hot considering his situation so taking a chance on Britt could be a potential risk/reward scenario.
9. Dexter McCluster: Perhaps the most versatile receiver in this year's free agent class, McCluster has top end speed and is a threat to go all the way any time the ball is in his hands. He can be used in the slot, out of the back field, and on kick returns. McCluster is definitely someone Washington should pursue given his versatility and big play ability.
10. Jacoby Jones: At 6'2 and 29 years old, Jones is still an option for Washington. Jones has speed and is valuable on returns. He will most likely come cheap and should be in consideration. Washington desperately needs help in the return game and Jones may be a cheaper alternative to someone like McCluster, but could still produce.