Do these WRs have NFL careers left?
A list of remaining free agents at a position the Seahawks may need to make calls on
Former Seahawks receiver Marcus Johnson signed a deal with the 49ers on Thursday, extending his career by at least a few more months. Another former Seattle receiver, Malik Turner, also met with San Francisco before they decided to go with Johnson instead.
Now here’s an odd fact: John Ursua is older than both of them.
The following wide receivers remain free agents as of April 7th. Some of them will sign with teams after the draft. Some of them don’t yet know that there careers are over.
Julio Jones, 33
Rap Sheet says that Julio is holding out for a better contract offer than what he’s seen so far. He will sign somewhere eventually and Julio hasn’t been that bad recently—70% catch rate, 10.4 YPT over his last 19 games—but “if healthy” isn’t a phrase he’s getting separation from any time soon.
Jarvis Landry, 29
Don’t rule out a return to Cleveland.
Will Fuller, 27
Had a career-year with the Texans in 2020, missed 2021, and a reunion with Deshaun Watson is what has Fuller linked to the Browns.
T.Y. Hilton, 32
Cole Beasley, 32
Danny Amendola, 36
Baker Mayfield is reportedly doing his workouts with two players on this list. Wherever Mayfield goes, Beasley could follow.
Emmanuel Sanders, 35
Sanders isn’t committed to a return. He loves DK Metcalf.
A.J. Green, 33
He’s not young AJ Green, but Green looked relatively spry in 2021.
Keelan Cole, 28
I’ve said what I’ve said about Zach Wilson and the Jets. Cole played fairly well last season but it’s a bad sign when you don’t rank in New York’s top-six at wide receiver and that’s kind of where he ended up on the depth chart by not re-signing.
Sammy Watkins, 28
Watkins is so talented that he’s played about seven seasons longer than he probably should have. I mean, he’s consistently underwhelming, yet at times, very good. Watkins had 27 catches for 394 yards with the Ravens in 2021 and he won’t be 30 until next June.
DeSean Jackson, 35
He was one of eight players from the 2008 NFL Draft still active last season. Matthew Slater, Josh Johnson, and Chad Henne were three of the others. Without looking, can you name the final four?
Odell Beckham, Jr., 29
He will sign with somebody. Tearing an ACL at Jameson Williams’ age is a lot less concerning that doing at OBJ’s however. It’s a shame.
John Ursua, 28
One more year! One more year! One more year!
The Seahawks have decisions to make on DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. I think that Dee Eskridge deserves all the benefit of the doubt that we can give him, but 2022 is massive in assessing if he’s a part of the future or not. Seattle’s going to be running out Drew Lock, I think, and there’s only so much “help” can do at this point. Would you be interested in the Seahawks locking up with any of these players, if they need a receiver now…. or after a trade.
Most of these older players could help contenders. I am in the camp of keep DK. If your rebuilding, the idea is stock up with good young players. DK is our best young player, why trade him for a few lottery tickets. Victoria Chris
Hard to imagine how any of these guys make the 2022/2023 Seahawks a better team. I'm also in the keep DK camp, and view Swain and Eskridge as decent WR role players with potential. I'd hate to see Julio Jones take away Dee's shot at a larger role. Let's sign the veteran WR with the best attitude about playing a complementary/mentor role in the offense. I don't know these guys personally (none of them respond to my pin-pal requests), but that seems much more likely to be Emmanuel Sanders than OBJ; it's certainly not Antonio Brown.