Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reports that veteran WRs Michael Crabtree, Hakeem Nicks, Reggie Wayne, and Wes Welker currently have little or no interest on the open market thus far.
- Florio mentions that the lack of interest in veteran receivers is likely due to the team’s preferring to target younger receivers.
- Florio adds that these veterans may have to settle for a one-year minimum contracts.
Crabtree is probably the most notable of the group based on his expected market.
John Keim of ESPN previously reported that the Redskins had expressed interest in signing and Dianna Marie Russini said that a return to the 49ers could still be an option, but that’s really about it in terms of buzz regarding him.
The only thing we’ve regarding Wayne since the Colts announced that they wouldn’t be re-signing him is that he would entertain the idea of playing for a contender, if they happened to be interested.
As for Nicks and Welker, we haven’t come across anything since free agency got underway a week from today.
There are teams out there in need of receiver help such as the Browns, Ravens, Jets, Panthers and possibly the Dolphins, so there is at least a chance that things could pick up for a few of these players in the coming days.
However, there is expected to be another strong draft class, which means some veterans may have to wait until after the draft before their markets start to heat up.
Crabtree, 27, appeared in all 16 games and caught 68 passes for 698 yards receiving and four touchdowns last year. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 95 receiver out of 110 qualifying players.
Wayne, 36, appeared in 15 games and caught 64 passes for 779 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts in 2014. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 106 receiver out of 110 qualifying players, so this clearly wasn’t a great season by his standards.
We have Crabtree and Nicks listed in our Top 1oo Free Agents list.