Top Free Agent Wide Receivers 2023
Free agency will have a crop of wideouts for teams to shuffle through this NFL offseason. There are plenty of recognizable names available for teams to sign. Here’s a look at some of the top free agent wide receivers for 2023 NFL free agency.
Top 2023 NFL Free Agent WR
There are a few wideouts ranking in the top 100 free agent lists in several publications. Teams on the lookout for experienced pass catchers will have options this offseason. Other teams will target players in the 2023 NFL Draft. Here’s a look at some of the top wideouts on the market.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham last played for the Los Angeles Rams and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl win over the Bengals. He also tore his ACL and missed the entire 2022 season. Beckham hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2019 in Cleveland, but he’s just 30 years old and will attract attention from teams around the league.
Meyers has had over 800 yards receiving in each of the past two years for the New England Patriots. Not bad for an undrafted free agent. He has over 2,700 yards receiving in his four-year career. He could be a valuable addition to teams after catching six touchdowns during the 2022 season.
Smith-Schuster had 933 yards and three touchdown receptions while playing alongside quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl and JuJu finds himself on the market. He played in 16 games in 2022 but hasn’t reached the 1,000-yard mark since 2018 with the Steelers.
Chark was a solid option for QB Jared Goff as he had over 500 yards receiving for the surprising Detroit Lions under head coach Dan Campbell in 2022. He caught three touchdown passes but now is looking for a new team. He’s set to hit free agency as the team already has Amon-Ra St. Brown and speedster Jameson Williams.
Slayton had 724 yards and caught two touchdowns for the New York Giants in 2022. He averaged 15.7 yards per catch and is only 26 years old. He could find a nice home away from New York after racking up 2,554 yards for the Giants.
Lazard had 788 yards for the Green Bay Packers and caught six touchdown passes. He’s already drawing interest in the upcoming free agent class as he is set to hit the market on March 15. He never really lived up to number one receiver potential but teams will like his 6-foot-5 frame.
Woods played 17 games for the Tennessee Titans in 2022 but saw his production dip significantly. He had just 527 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Woods had more yards and touchdowns in 2021 for the Rams in just nine games. He hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2019 but he will draw interest on the market despite turning 31 in April.
Hardman’s 2022 season was decimated by injuries. Wide receiver depth was an issue for the Chiefs all season but they still found a way to win it all. Hardman had 297 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season. He had his best season in 2021 with 693 yards receiving.
Torn ligaments in his ankle limited Jarvis Landry to just three starts and nine total games during the 2022 season. He ended the year on injured reserve after managing just 272 yards. He’s 30 years old, but he has three 1,000-yard seasons in his career, two seasons of over 100 receptions, and 38 receiving touchdowns. If healthy, he will draw interest.
More Wideouts Hitting 2023 Free Agency
There are a few more notable names that are becoming unrestricted free agents such as Julio Jones, Marvin Jones, Randall Cobb, Sterling Shepard, and Nelson Agholor. Marvin Jones Jr. had the most receiving yards of this group with 529 yards in 16 games.
The Packers will have to decide what to do with Randall Cobb. He seems to be tied to Aaron Rodgers. If Rodgers is back, it’s safe to assume Cobb might re-sign with the team as a veteran wideout. Allen Robinson of the Los Angeles Rams is being allowed to seek potential trade options so he will be another target teams might consider during free agency via trade.
Top Free Agent Wide Receivers FAQs
NFL free agency and the new league year will begin on March 15, 2023. The official time is 4 p.m. eastern time.
An unrestricted free agent is a player who has at least four years of NFL experience and has an expiring contract. They are free to sign with any team in the league once the new league year begins.
A few of the notable free agent wide receivers include Odell Beckham, DJ Chark, Allen Lazard, Jakobi Meyers, and JuJu Smith-Schuster.