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NFL Free Agency: Top available wide receivers and cornerbacks

NFL free agency isn't done yet. Who are the top remaining wide receivers and cornerbacks after four days of signings and cuts.

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With Julian Edelman re-signing with the New England Patriots, the wide receiver market is thinning considerably. The same is true for the cornerback market, which has seen multiple signings over the past day. The Bucs have been searching for cheap depth at the receiver and cornerback position since the start of free agency, but they're options are swiftly disappearing.

Who could they target still, at either position? Emmanuel Sanders is probably the best remaining free agent wide receiver, and he did visit the Bucs. The fact that he left without a contract is probably a bad sign, but then he has left several other teams without signing a contract, too. At cornerback, Walter Thurmond III is presumably the top target. He was going to come in for a visit, per Jason La Canfora, but a later report from Greg Auman suggested the Buccaneers were not in play for the versatile cornerback. As far as we know, he has not visited the Bucs, so far.

The Bucs need players who can play the slot at both positions, but specifically at wide receiver, where they lack a shifty, underneath target. At cornerback the ability to play the slot would be a plus, but not a necessity: both Alterraun Verner and D.J. Moore can play well inside. Skill as a punt or kick returner would be very useful as well, given the Bucs' lack of any options at that position beyond Eric Page.

Top remaining wide receivers:

Emmanuel Sanders Signed with Broncos
James Jones
Santonio Holmes
Brandon LaFell Signed with Patriots
Lance Moore
Sidney Rice
Jason Avant
Mario Manningham
Nate Burleson
Kenny Britt
Miles Austin

Top remaining cornerbacks

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (much too expensive for the Bucs)
Walter Thurmond III Signed with Giants
Antonio Cromartie
Jabari Greer
Rashean Mathis
Drayton Florence
Josh Wilson
Asante Samuel
Terrell Thomas
Carlos Rogers
Dimitri Patterson