clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Wide receivers who could be cut or traded this offseason

The NFL Draft added 255 picks and a host of undrafted free agents to rosters. We break down what it might mean for veteran wide receivers on the roster bubble.

Wide receiver Zay Jones of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by the linebacker Drue Tranquill of the Los Angeles Chargers during the game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL Draft is a wrap and the league welcomed 255 players, along with a host of undrafted free agents. The additions will result in significant moves on depth charts, and we will soon see teams release veterans to let them look for new accommodations in the NFL. We’ve compiled some players that might be in need of a new team due to draft picks likely crowding them out of playing time and possibly a roster spot. Below we’ll take a look at wide receivers. Inspiration comes in part from Bill Barnwell’s look at one player on each team most likely to be cut or traded.

Kenny Stills, Texans

Stills’ contract is what puts him on this list, as he will make $7 million this season and is slotted in as the fourth receiver after Bill O’Brien traded for Brandin Cooks and signed Randall Cobb. It was bad management by O’Brien but that is nothing new. Stills’ contract will keep teams from trading for him, so there’s a real chance he is released to save money. He still has value though and would likely land somewhere as a starter as a free agent, giving him more fantasy value than if he were with the Texans.

Zay Jones, Raiders

The Raiders drafted Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, and Lynn Bowden Jr. all in the first three rounds, which means they will be with the team in 2020. Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow both are guaranteed spots as well, so Jones, who didn’t do much after the Raiders gave up a fifth-rounder for him last season, is likely to move on again. Jones was a highly touted and picked 37th overall by the Bills. He’ll get another chance, but he’s now looking more like a depth add than potential starter.

Dante Pettis, 49ers

Kyle Shanahan hates Dante Pettis. Well, that might not be a completely factual statement, but in practice, Shanny is not a fan. The 49ers are also flush with receivers after drafting Brandon Aiyuk, as they also have Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Richie James, and Travis Benjamin. Pettis doesn’t look like he’ll get any playing time under Shanahan and also holds the most value in a trade of the players vying for that last spot.

Keelan Cole, Jaguars

Sometimes getting a good contract as an undrafted free agent isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Cole, who has flashed big upside at times, looks like he will be the odd man out after the Jaguars drafted Laviska Shenault Jr. and Collin Johnson. His $3.3 million salary isn’t guaranteed and he would need to beat out a good receiver in Chris Conley to stay with the team. Cole should find other work if he is released and still has good upside in the right spot.

Greg Ward, Eagles

Ward was awesome last season after injuries decimated the receiver’s room in Philadelphia but The Eagles went after wide receivers in the draft. The drafted Jalen Reagor with their first round pick and then went after John Hightower and Quez Watkins late, and added Marquise Goodwin in a trade with the 49ers. Ward is likely out if he can’t beat the late round draft picks as a UDFA. He should land somewhere if he is released and has some longterm upside in fantasy still.

DaeSean Hamilton, Broncos

The Broncos added Jerry Jeudy in the first round but more importantly for Hamilton’s status, they added KJ Hamler, who should start in the slot sooner than later. Hamilton was the slot receiver but injuries and a lack of ability after the catch limited his upside. He should land with another team, but just as depth.