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49ers free agent target 2015: Considering wide receiver rankings

The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Jerome Simpson, but they still have some holes to fill with Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd hitting free agency, and Stevie Johnson a potential cap casualty. Here is what the free agent market looks like.

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The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Jerome Simpson to a two-year contract on Thursday, but it is safe to say that is not the last of their wide receiver additions this offseason. I suspect they will draft one or two receivers, but there is also a chance they sign a receiver in free agency. I do not expect them to invest huge bucks in a Randall Cobb or Jeremy Maclin, but depending on what happens with Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson, they might kick the tires a little further down the market.

As we did previously with the guards, here is a full list of free agent wide receivers. Players could still end up being released, but for now, this is what the market looks like.

Seyi Ajirotutu, San Diego Chargers
Miles Austin, Cleveland Browns
Jason Avant, Kansas City Chiefs
Kenny Britt, St. Louis Rams
Vincent Brown, Oakland Raiders
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens
Josh Cribbs, Indianapolis Colts
Marcus Easley, Buffalo Bills
Derek Hagan, Tennessee Titans
Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins
Dwayne Harris, Dallas Cowboys
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jerrel Jernigan, New York Giants
Greg Little, Cincinnati Bengals
Brandon Lloyd, San Francisco 49ers
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Josh Morgan, Chicago Bears
Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
Lance Moore, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts
Kassim Osgood, San Francisco 49ers
Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers
Dane Sanzenbacher, Cincinnati Bengals
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Brad Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Brandon Tate, Cincinnati Bengals
Deonte Thompson, Buffalo Bills
Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Mike Williams, Buffalo Bills

Once again, I have put together a table of free agent wide receiver rankings. I removed Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas from the rankings. They have each been given the franchise, so the odds of them leaving are pretty slim. After Cobb and Maclin (with the exception of, Torrey Smith is consistently ranked as the No. 3 receiver on the market. Michael Crabtree is consistently a spot or two behind Smith.

An interesting player in the rankings is Kenny Britt. He has not had a standout career in St. Louis, but when he is on, he can be an intriguing big play threat. He could be a guy who flies a little bit under the radar and could be had for a fairly reasonable contract.

Walter Football PFF CBS Sports Matt Miller Shutdown Corner PFT MMQB
Randall Cobb Randall Cobb Randall Cobb Randall Cobb Randall Cobb Randall Cobb Randall Cobb Randall Cobb
Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin Torrey Smith Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin
Torrey Smith Torrey Smith Torrey Smith Torrey Smith Michael Crabtree Jeremy Maclin Torrey Smith Torrey Smith
Michael Crabtree Kenny Britt Michael Crabtree Cecil Shorts Torrey Smith Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree
Cecil Shorts Michael Crabtree Brian Hartline Kenny Britt Cecil Shorts Cecil Shorts Cecil Shorts Nate Washington
Kenny Britt Eddie Royal Eddie Royal Michael Crabtree Kenny Britt Kenny Britt Eddie Royal Cecil Shorts
Eddie Royal Cecil Shorts Jacoby Jones Reggie Wayne Brian Hartline Hakeem Nicks Brian Hartline Eddie Royal
Hakeem Nicks Hakeem Nicks Cecil Shorts Eddie Royal Eddie Royal Denarius Moore Denarius Moore Denarius Moore
Andre Holmes Hakeem Nicks Hakeem Nicks Harry Douglas Brian Hartline Hakeem Nicks Kenny Britt
Jacoby Jones Kenny Britt Wes Welker Nate Washington Harry Douglas Kenny Britt
Reggie Wayne Wes Welker Hakeem Nicks
Brian Hartline Wes Welker
Harry Douglas Denarius Moore
Ted Ginn Reggie Wayne