NFL Rumors: Predicting Where the Top Five Free Agent Wide Receivers Will Land

With the start of NFL free agency now just days away, the market is ready to go into bedlam as players across the league will be on the move. Let’s take a closer look at where things might shake out.
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NFL Rumors: Predicting Where the Top Five Free Agent Wide Receivers Will Land

1. Odell Beckham Jr.: Los Angeles Rams

Coming off a season in which he scored seven touchdowns including one to help win the Rams win the Super Bowl, OBJ’s will be the biggest name (potentially) on the move next week. The issue for OBJ in seeking a big payday, however, is the torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl, which currently provides him no exact timetable for his return. That said, he's still one of the top free agent wide receivers.

With few times likely to take that kind of risk on an already aging superstar, whose prone to the occasional off the field issue, I see OBJ remaining in Los Angeles on a bargain deal as the most likely option. 

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2. Allen Robinson: Jacksonville Jaguars

Playing on the franchise tag in 2021, Robinson struggled to stay on the field as one injury after another crept up for the Bear’s veteran. Accruing just 38 receptions and one touchdown, injuries complied with inconsistent play at the quarterback position made for a miserable season he’ll be eager to get back. 

Now fully healthy, Robinson can lineup all over the field and be a contributor on day one. In desperate need of veteran leadership and wideout who can make plays, I like Robinson to head back to the team that drafted him when free agency opens.

3. JuJu Smith-Schuster: Pittsburgh Steelers

In what was a one-year deal already last year, Smith-Schuster spent most of 2021 on the bench with a shoulder injury, coming back for a playoff route via the Chiefs. I don’t think you come back for a game like that if your intention isn’t to remain in Pittsburgh long-term.

I like for Smith-Schuster to resign in Pittsburgh on another short deal., making him the solidified W2 behind Chase Claypool.

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4. Christian Kirk: Cleveland Browns

In what’s turning into an increasingly crowded wide receiver room in Arizona as DeAndre Hopkins returns from injury, I think we see Kirk on the move this offseason. Kirk averaged nearly 10 yards per catch down the stretch of the season, but his drops were a concern with six.

Now entering the prime of his career, Kirk will also be due a big payday and I think the Browns make a lot of sense. With plenty of cap space, Mayfield needs a solidified WR2 to line up across from Jarvis Landry and Kirk fills that need on day one.

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5. Michael Gallup: Dallas Cowboys

Now done with his rookie contract, Gallup is likely on the move and looking to get paid handsomely. While it’s certainly possible the Cowboys make some moves to keep him around, an already crowded wide receiver room doesn’t make a ton of sense to add a third. 

What does make a ton of sense is down the road in Houston, as the Texans are in desperate need of a wideout to line up across from Brandin Cooks. Whoever ends up being the quarterback in Houston will need as many weapons as he can get as the team looks to rebuild. 

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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