In the wild world of NFL free agency it is rare to see a player like Jerry Rice that played all the years in his prime with the San Francisco 49ers. In today's NFL, star receivers are seen more as nomads rather than homegrown heroes. There are exceptions to this in today’s game, with star receivers like Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas playing with one team for their whole careers. Teams who have built their receiving core through the draft like the Packers and Steelers are also outliers. Teams are more likely to have one guy they drafted and the rest of the receivers that were either signed in free agency or traded for. Historically the wide receiver position has been labeled as the diva of the roster that causes drama in the locker room and throws fits.
With that being the case, in today's social media era, receivers get disgruntled and switch teams now more than ever. It seems like every year there is a marquee talent at this position that admits publicly that he wants to be traded to another team. Here is the list of 8 current wide receivers that would benefit from a change of scenery. Some of these players have had great careers with their team, but deserve a shot at a Super Bowl with a contender. Other players who made the list are on there because they are frustrated with their current situation, and want a bigger role in the offence. Regardless of why they are on the list, these receivers would be much better off if they played for these new teams rather than their current ones.
16 Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen's career has been a roller coaster ride up until this point. He came into the league on fire, making fans question how he lasted until the third round of the NFL draft. The past few seasons he has shown why he was drafted so late, as he has consistently been injured throughout his career, something that was a problem in college as well. In the one season he stayed healthy he broke nearly every Chargers rookie record for receiving and went over a thousand yards. The future looked bright for Allen but his numbers have decreased since then. With more weapons to choose from for the Chargers and Phillip Rivers on the back end of his career, maybe Allen should look for success elsewhere.
15 From The Chargers To The Saints
The Saints have been one of the best passing offences in the game since Drew Brees went to their team in 2006. Brees is on the last legs of his career as well, but seemingly he can still take any receiver and make him better in the Saints wide-open offense. Adding Allen to an already great receiving core that includes Michael Thomas and Willie Snead would make that crew one of the best in the league. With rookie Alvin Kamara coming out of the backfield and those three receivers running routes together, Brees would have his best offense since their Super Bowl run in 2009. Adding Allen to the Saints for one last run with Drew Brees might bring another Lombardi trophy to the city of New Orleans.
14 Larry Fitzgerald
During his time with the Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald has proven to be a hall of fame receiver. He has also had team success as well with the Cardinals reaching the Super Bowl in 2009 with Fitzgerald leading the way. He even had the go ahead catch to put his team up late in the fourth quarter. Everyone knows how that story ended with the Steelers coming out on top and the Cardinals losing. Since that Super Bowl the Cardinals have fallen back to what they were before that run, a mediocre football team. With his Championship window closing faster than ever before, it appears it is now or never for Larry Fitzgerald to make the move to a legitimate contender.
13 From Cardinals To Chiefs
It is time for Larry to finally get out of Arizona and win the Super Bowl that has eluded him his entire career. With the Chiefs, he would not have to be the go-to guy. Instead he would give the Chiefs something they are desperately missing, a veteran wide receiver with proven big game experience. If the Chiefs somehow added Fitzgerald to an already potent offence they would easily be the favourites to win the Super Bowl. The Chiefs appear dominant so far this season, losing two games by very slim margins while winning all the rest. Maybe with Fitzgerald they would still be undefeated...
12 Corey Coleman
Corey Coleman was looked at as one of the best receivers in his class when he was drafted in 2016. Since then he has had struggles staying healthy with a multitude of injuries, most notably breaking his hand twice. When on the field Coleman has shown skills that made him such a threat in college at Baylor. It is tough to tell how good Coleman is, considering he has played with some of the worst quarterbacks in the league playing with the Browns. If Coleman was given a chance to start fresh in a new city he would probably turn his career around. Then again, this could probably be said about a large majority of the Browns' players...
11 From Browns To Cowboys
The Cowboys would be the perfect spot for Coleman to rejuvenate his career. He would be going back to the state of Texas where he dominated college football and where he probably still has a ton of fans. Also, quarterback Dak Prescott has shown he is great with receivers that like to play in the slot. He has turned Cole Beasley into a poor mans Wes Welker, so imagine what the combination of Coleman and Prescott could produce if he is getting that much production from a receiver who was un-drafted. Anywhere is better than Cleveland, but Dallas may be the perfect home for Coleman.
10 Jarvis Landry
Landry has had a very successful career so far with the Miami Dolphins since they picked him in the second round in 2014. He has consistently made big plays as a receiver and a return man for the Dolphins. It seems as if every game Landry is either hurdling a defender or making a crazy catch in the end zone, he has caught 16 touchdowns in three and a half seasons as a Dolphin. They have not had much team success since Landry came into the NFL, managing only one playoff appearance and zero division titles. There are also growing concerns at quarterback since Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL this offseason because there is no guarantee he will be the same player when he returns.
9 From Dolphins To Jaguars
Not saying that the Jaguars quarterback situation is any better, but they have looked like a team on the rise this season. Their defence looks rejuvenated and Leonard Fournette looks like the rookie of the year so far. They could really take the next step into a playoff contender if they added an established outside weapon like Landry. Blake Bortles had his best season in the NFL when he had two solid playmakers at receiver in 2015 with Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson both having career years. If they can get Robinson back healthy and add Laundry to compliment him, then the Jaguars would really be considered the best young team in football.
8 Stefon Diggs
Somehow Stefon Diggs has put up career highs in receiving this season, while having a constant carousel at quarterback for the Vikings. Since Diggs was drafted it seems like he never knows who he will be working with under centre, he has only played three seasons and he has already had four starting quarterbacks. So far throughout his career it has not mattered and he has had success with anyone who throws the ball his way. Diggs has proven to be a steal since being drafted in the fifth round out of the University of Maryland in 2015. Imagine the numbers Diggs could put up if he had a better quarterback to work with.
7 From Vikings To Titans
The Tenessee Titans on the other hand, have everything but a consistent receiver on their offence. Marcus Marriota has shown flashes of becoming a great NFL quarterback, and the other Heisman trophy winner on the roster Derrick Henry has looked solid as well, so the future is bright. Insert Stefon Diggs into this offence and it would explode, Diggs is always open and he would bring great hands to a Titans team that has struggled to catch the ball at receiver over the past few seasons. So far during Marriota's career, Delanie Walker has been his number one target and his go to guy when he needs a big play. Walker and Diggs would open things up for each other with the attention they require in coverage. Diggs could be the missing piece to the Titans winning the AFC South for the first time since 2008 when Chris Johnson was still in the prime of his career.
6 Odell Beckham
The Giants are a sinking ship this season. Ben McAdoo is the skipper and Eli Manning has been his first mate. While Eli Manning has not played up to his former self, it is not entirely on his shoulders. Tragedy struck in week 5 when virtually all of the Giants receivers were injured including Beckham Jr. However even before that, the Giants offence looked average at best. Ben McAdoo's playbook has been jokingly referred to as a "Denny's" menu, and the whole team has been mired in a string of losses and missed opportunities along with bad luck. Beckham might be better off leaving the Giants next season in free agency, since they didn't try to renegotiate his contract last offseason.
5 From Giants To Eagles
Odell is the best young receiver in the game and he would match up well with the NFL's best young quarterback. Carson Wentz has taken a major step for the Eagles this season and has turned the heads of many with his stellar play. He is being regarded as one of the more consistent QBs in the league already, and is still only going to improve as he gains more experience. With Beckham Jr. the Eagles offence would become one of the best in the NFL, and with Alshon Jeffrey they would have perhaps the best tandem in the league at receiver. It would be the ultimate revenge for Beckham to win a Super Bowl for the hated division rival of the Giants the Philadelphia Eagles.
4 AJ Green
The Cincinnati Bengals have been the same story the past five seasons, either losing in the first round of the playoffs or having a losing season altogether, and Green has been the best player on the team for that stretch. It must get tiring carrying an entire offence and having to be double covered almost every game. While Andy Dalton is not a bad QB, and the Bengals defence has performed pretty well overall, the team has struggled to pin point just why it loses when it matters most. It would be interesting to see what Green could do with a different quarterback and a different offence. With more weapons around him and an elite quarterback, Green would finally have playoff success in his career.
3 From Bengals To Lions
The Lions have been begging for a big play threat on the outside since Megatron surprisingly retired in 2016. Green would duplicate Johnson's ability to go over the top of defenders and come down with jump balls. While Megatron was never able to find much success with the Lions, the team has undergone serious improvement since he left. Matthew Stafford has already proven he loves tall athletic targets at wide receiver and has gotten better as a signal caller since Johnson left. Green and Stafford would be a match made in heaven and would make the Lions real contenders for a deep playoff run. When you consider Aaron Rogers is injured and may be for a while, the Lions should make some moves to dominate their division.
2 Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant has already made his frustrations clear on social media this season. After being suspended twice for violating the leagues substance abuse policy the past two seasons, it has been a slow transition for Bryant back into the Steeler offense. He is already competing for targets with the very talented Antonio Brown, and now Ju Ju Smith-Shuster has been more involved in the passing game as well. Bryant was even demoted to the scout team this week after complaining about his role in the offense. This is a dramatic fall for a player with Bryant's talent, who has proven to be a great receiver in the NFL when given the opportunity.
1 From Steelers To Patriots
Put Bryant on a Patriots team that has been desperate for a deep threat on the outside since Randy Moss left. If Bryant was added to the receiving core that already includes Brandon Cooks, Chris Hogan, and the best tight end in football Rob Gronkowski then the Patriots would be unstoppable. If Bill Belichick can pull off another miraculous trade for Bryant, then expect the Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Adding any major offensive threat to the Patriots is a virtual guarantee to make them favourites to win Tom Brady his sixth Lombardi Trophy. Must of us don't want this to happen, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't.
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