Denver Broncos: 3 free-agent wide receivers team could still have interest in

The Denver Broncos have addressed multiple positions of need in free agency, but the team could still use a wide receiver.

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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: Rashard Higgins #81 of the Cleveland Browns catches the game-winning touchdown while being defended by Levi Wallace #39 of the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 10, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Buffalo 19-16. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

It seems likely that the Broncos will use an early pick on the wide receiver position in the draft and could select more than one wide receiver in the seven-round process. It is a deep draft at that position and the team currently has 12 picks.

But there are also some veteran options that exist on the free-agent market and if nothing else, could be brought in to add experience and push the younger group.

Courtland Sutton is a stud, but he is really the only sure thing the Broncos currently have at wide receiver.

The team would love to see DaeSean Hamilton step up and make some plays and there is room for him to do so. He has had two quiet seasons since joining the team but he finished last season on a good note, catching 11 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in the team's final two games.

Tim Patrick is another guy the team seems to believe in but he only has 39 career receptions.

Beyond those three guys, the team has a lot of guys who could chip in here and there, but no one that the team likely wants to rely on any more than it has to, unless last year's sixth-round pick, Juwann Winfree, steps up in a big way.

Diontae Spencer is mostly a return man and the likes of Fred Brown, Trinity Benson and Kelvin McKnight will be hard-pressed to make the final roster.

Free agency started over a week ago and these three players are still looking for a contract. If the Broncos could get them to agree to affordable terms, each of them could provide some value.

Rashard Higgins

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Wide receiver Rashard Higgins #81 of the Cleveland Browns evades a take from cornerback Darius Phillips #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals to score a touchdown during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Rashard Higgins was a standout player at Colorado State University in college, becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2014. He has yet to be able to translate that success to the NFL.

But he has shown flashes.

A fifth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2016, Higgins had an up and down tenure there, starting with being released shortly into his rookie season. He was signed to the practice squad and worked his way back to the main roster as a fourth or fifth option on the depth chart.

In 2018, he started to gain the eye of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield and it seemed the two had formed a solid connection. Higgins finished that season with 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns.

But with Freddie Kitchens becoming the Browns' head coach in 2019, Higgins saw his career go the opposite direction of what many were hoping for. Kitchens and Higgins seemed to be at odds and the wide receiver was basically phased out of the offense.

News surrounding Higgins has been scarce this offseason, but reports suggest that the Buffalo Bills have shown interest.

The Broncos could sign the player once affectionately known as "Hollywood" to a cheap, one-year deal in which a roster spot would not even be guaranteed.

The Broncos wouldn't be getting a star in Higgins that could become a Pro-Bowl caliber player. But what they would be getting is a player with 45 games of NFL experience who has played with a young quarterback before.

He could be a real asset for Drew Lock.

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Marcus Johnson

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TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Marcus Johnson #83 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after scoring in the first quarter of a football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 08, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Indianapolis Colts chose not to tender a contract offer to Marcus Johnson, making him an unrestricted free agent. This would be a major under-the-radar move for the Broncos, but he quietly played quite well down the stretch last season.

Undrafted out of Texas in 2016, Johnson played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks. Before the 2018 season even started, the Seahawks traded him to the Colts.

He started the 2019 season on the Colts' practice squad before being promoted to the active roster later in the year, playing in every game starting in Week 10. He had a big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14, catching three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

For the season, he averaged 16.3 yards per catch.

Johnson's body of work is small but shows the traits of being a very capable No. 3 option for the team. It was quite a surprise to see the Colts allow him to hit the market.

He is still just 25 years old and the Broncos could likely get him on a cheap deal. Great gems are found by the teams that dig around for them the hardest and Johnson has the athletic traits to be one of those players.

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Demarcus Robinson

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Demarcus Robinson #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating San Francisco 49ers by 31 to 20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Some may see it as a surprise that Demarcus Robinson is still available while others feel he is just a product of an explosive offensive scheme.

A fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, Robinson had largely been a disappointment for the team until last season. He received extra work in 2019 due to the Chiefs having injury issues with both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins.

He finished the season with 32 catches for 449 yards and four touchdowns. He had some big games in helping the team reach the ultimate prize last year, but it can be easily argued that any wide receiver is going to succeed when they have Patrick Mahomes throwing the ball to them.

Robinson would likely be the most expensive player on this list but the Broncos, who already grabbed former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, could bring in another player from a division rival.

Robinson is not the fastest guy, but he has good size at 6-foot-3 and comes from an offense predicated on the passing game. Perhaps he could lend something to the Broncos from his time with the Chiefs or if nothing else, be an asset in learning how to slow them down.

It's very likely that the Broncos are content with what they have done in free agency this offseason. They may also be happy to wait until the draft to improve the wide receiver position.

There would be nothing wrong with that approach. None of these players on this list are likely to be major difference-makers, but none of them would break the bank either.