Three free agent wide receivers the New Orleans Saints may consider
By Keith Null
The Saints number one wide receiver Marques Colston will miss at least the next four weeks with a broken collarbone, an injury he suffered during the teams opening loss to the Packers while making a diving catch into the red zone.
Colston has been a valuable member of the Saints offense since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 draft.
He has four 1,000 yard receiving season in the last five years, the only exception coming during 2008 when he missed ten games after breaking his thumb week one against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coslton’s loss is only compounded by the fact that Lance Moore, arguably the Saints second best receiver, has been battling a groin injury suffered during the preseason. Moore did not play last week against the Packers.
Rumors began to mount that the Saints may have interest in retired wide receiver Randy Moss, who hung up his cleats after thirteen NFL seasons and year where he spent time with the Patriots, Vikings, and Titans to little fanfare.
Saturday WWLTV.com reported that Moss was spotted at the Saints Metairie practice facility. That report was directly challenged by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, and it appears that Moss did not meet with team officials after all.
For now it looks like the Saints potentially signing Moss is nothing more than fabricated rumor.
But if the Saints were to look towards free agency for help, these three receivers could be worth a look.
T.J. Houshmanzadeh spent last season on the Ravens roster with little effect on the offense, leading to his release. Prior to his arrival in Baltimore he started sixteen games for the Seattle Seahawks recording 911 yards and three touchdowns.
The ten year veteran has 616 total receptions, and has amassed 7,091 career receving yards. Houshmanzadeh posted two one thousand yard seasons with Bengals in 2006 and 2007 with 21 touchdowns over that span.
He is arguably the best receiver still available in free agency and good be a nice possession receiver with Drew Brees delivering him the ball inside the Saints potent offense.
Antwaan Randle El has played for only two teams in his nine year career — the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. He was drafted in the second round of the 2002 draft and since has compiled 370 receptions for 4,467 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Randle El, a former quarterback at Indiana, is famously know for completing a 43-yard touchdown pass to Steeler wide receiver Hines Ward during Superbowl XL. He is the only wide receiver to ever complete a touchdown pass in NFL history during a Superbowl.
He turns 32 next month and is coming off a season in which he had career lows in catches (22) and yards (253), but he could still contribute. Head coach Sean Payton loves the gimmick play too.
David Clowney was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Jets, and most recently the Carolina Panthers. Clowney has 22 career interceptions for 314 yards and fifteen touchdowns.
Coming out of college he clocked a 4.37 forty-yard dash at the combine. He can be an explosive deep threat, and Payton could find ways to utilize that speed alongside Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem.
He is still young enought at 26 to improve with proper coaching, and the Saints are one of the better teams in the NFL when it comes to developing receivers.