Free agent spotlight: Receivers

Fourth in a series looking the players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents Tuesday, although the following information does not reflect who the Seahawks might be targeting:

Position: Receivers

Leader of the pack: WR Vincent Jackson, Chargers

What he’s done: In the past four seasons, Jackson has averaged 18.4, 17.7, 17.2 and 18.6 yards per catch. He’s also produced 1,106-, 1,167- and 1,098-yard seasons during that span, and scored 28 of his 37 career TDs. Those figures would be even more impressive if Jackson hadn’t been limited to five games in 2010.

Where he ranks: No. 7 on Pro Football Weekly’s list of Top 100 free agents. Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is ranked No. 4, but he’s a restricted free agent.

What they’re saying: “Jackson’s size (6-5, 230) and speed can present major problems for secondaries, and he fits Norn Turner’s offense well. Will the Chargers ink him to a long-term deal, or will he sign elsewhere? He’s clearly one of the top offensive players available in free agency.” – Pro Football Weekly

Other options: Saints WR Marques Colston, tall, strong, sure-handed possession receiver who caught 80 of the 107 passes thrown to him last season; Colts WR Reggie Wayne, rumored to be a package deal with just-released QB Peyton Manning; Rams WR Brandon Lloyd, Sam Bradford’s favorite target last season and an athletic option at that; Colts WR Pierre Garcon, coming off a 70-catch, 947-yard, six-TD season but needs to develop more consistency; Giants WR Mario Manningham, consistency also is a key for him especially with New York already relying so heavily on Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks; Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson, had career highs in receptions (54), yards (858) and TDs (11) in his first season in Big D; Saints WR Robert Meachem, first-round pick in 2007 will be attractive because of his speed; Falcons WR Harry Douglas, 10 of his 39 catches last season went for 20-plus yards; Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe, he’s 32 but has had some productive seasons in Minnesota; Broncos WR Eddie Royal, has followed his 91-catch rookie season with 115 receptions the past three seasons; 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr., actually better as a kick and punt returner, as the Seahawks are well aware; Panthers TE Jeremy Shockey, and you thought he retired a couple of years ago; Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett, another player who needs to develop more consistency. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, Patriots WR Wes Welker and Redskins TE Fred Davis were given franchise tags, and Bills WR Stevie Johnson signed a multiyear contract.

Seahawks own free agents: TE John Carlson.

Numbers to know: The Seahawks have not had a 1,000-yard receiver since Bobby Engram in 2007 or a receiver with 10-plus TD catches since Darrell Jackson in 2006. Starting wide-outs Sidney Rice (seven) and Mike Williams (four) combined to miss 11 games in 2011 and ended the season on injured reserve.

Says coach Pete Carroll: “You’re always looking for touchdown-makers on offense. You always want to get guys that can score. So if there’s a wide receiver in the draft, that would be cool.”


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