Otto Greule Jr
Aside from one major signing on the first day of free agency, the wide receiver market was relatively slow. There could be a few more signings over the next couple of days.
A tweet by free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings late Tuesday night summed up the interest level around the NFL on the first day of free agency well:
Now perhaps it was meant as a tweet of contemplation of offers that he's received, or perhaps it was puzzlement at the lack of chatter that his name generated on Tuesday. After all, aside from the mega-deal that Mike Wallace received, the receiver market was pretty darn quiet on Tuesday. We saw a deal be agreed upon by Jerome Simpson and the Vikings and another veteran minimum-like deal for Plaxico Burress and the Steelers, but other than those three--nothing.
The Jennings camp wasn't the only one that was quiet, either. Wes Welker's representation had spoken to the Patriots throughout the day and those talks broke down to the point where Welker is likely weighing options. The Patriots have since looked at Danny Amendola as a backup plan and the Eagles are interested as well, but nothing is imminent. Another relatively big-name on the market is Brandon Gibson and he only has only interview set up and that is with, yep, you guessed it--the Miami Dolphins. Josh Cribbs has also gotten a couple of sniffs, though he may still be primarily looked at as a return man.
Theories vary on why this is. It likely has something to do with the depth in the draft at the position. And, aside from the above-mentioned names, there really aren't too many free agent wide receivers that blow your hair back. It's entirely possible that a number of these free agent wide receivers will be waiting for opportunities until after the draft.
Still, some decent names are out there for a team to grab. The Bengals could be interested in a veteran receiver and names like Gibson, David Nelson, Kevin Ogletree, Darrius Heyward-Bey and even Kevin Walter could intrigue the Cincinnati staff. We're just speculating here, but in any event, we expect the market to pick up for this position over the next few days and weeks.