Only five significant receivers left
Posted Feb. 29 at 04:08 AM
The Jacksonville Jaguars have pulled the first major shocker of the 2008 free agency sweepstakes, signing Jerry Porter to a six-year deal worth $30 million, with $10 million in guaranteed money.
Jerry Porter. He’s never had a 1,000-yard season. He stuck his lip out and pretty much sat out all of the 2006 season. And he was just OK last year – 44 catches for 705 yards and 6 TDs. He’ll be 30 years old on opening day.
$10 million in guaranteed money? How much better is Porter than the guys they already have? Reggie Williams showed some potential last year. Matt Jones came on a little late in the year. Maybe one of their 2007 draft picks – Mike Walker, John Broussard – will develop into something. Ernest Wilford is a free agent, but they’ve still got Dennis Northcutt (a free agent they overpaid for last season).
Credit Porter’s big contract to a weak overall group of wide receivers that’s available. Plus the cap was raised, so there are a lot of teams out there with money to spend.
According to our rankings, there are only seven wide receivers out there who are worth much more than the league minimum. In order:
1. Randy Moss (N.E.)
Free agency is 14 hours old, and he hasn’t yet re-signed with the Patriots; perhaps he’s considering signing a huge deal with another team.
2. Bernard Berrian (Chi.)
Good speed receiver, but not a true No. 1 guy. Vikings are interested.
3. D.J. Hackett (Sea.)
Seattle doesn’t have the cap room to re-sign him. Could sign with the Bucs, who have money to burn and need a wide receiver.
4. Jerry Porter (Oak)
Signed with Jacksonville for $30 million over six years, with $10 million guaranteed.
5. Donte Stallworth (N.E.)
History of injuries, but has played well at times the last two years for the Patriots and Eagles. Solid No. 2 receiver, if he can stay healthy.
6. Andre Davis (Hou.)
Played well as a fill-in last year when Andre Johnson was hurt and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns late in the year. Re-signed for $16 million over four years, with $8 million guaranteed.
7. Jabar Gaffney (N.E.)
If he re-signs with the Patriots (and he probably will), he’ll probably outproduce at least four of the wide receivers listed ahead of him. Gaffney passed Stallworth on New England’s depth chart late last season.
Receivers worth only a few bucks more than the minimum:
Devard Darling (Balt.)
Bryant Johnson (Ariz.)
Drew Carter (Car.)
Justin McCareins (NYJ)
Ernest Wilford (Jac.)
Muhsin Muhammad (Car.)
Receivers worth about the minimum:
Nate Washington (Pitt.)
Isaac Bruce (St.L.)
Devery Henderson (N.O.)
Malcom Floyd (S.D.)
Brandon Lloyd (Wash.)
David Patten (N.O.)
Marty Booker (Mia.)
Too old / can’t play anymore:
Tim Dwight (Oak.)
Eddie Kennison (K.C.)
Peerless Price (Buff.)
Eric Moulds (Tenn.)
Keenan McCardell (Wash.)
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