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Bills could find help in intriguing free-agent receiver crop

It might not be a who's who of NFL wide receivers, but the list of those that could be hitting free agency is intriguing nonetheless.

Given that the Buffalo Bills figure to need to address the position one way or another this offseason, a look at the potentially available receivers is in order.

The Bills' lack of receiver depth was a significant problem last season, especially with top wideout Sammy Watkins missing most of the year with lingering foot issues. Robert Woods didn't distinguish himself as anything more than the No. 2 target he has been, and will likely exit as a free agent.

The Bills tried plugging in several other pass-catchers, and the results (they ranked near the bottom of the NFL in passing) spoke for themselves. It's fair to say Tyrod Taylor could have done more to enhance his own cause statistically, but it's also fair to say he didn't have the greatest help.

Now, perhaps, the Bills will go out and find some.

The NFL Draft could and probably should be one avenue, but it would also make sense for the Bills to utilize the free-agent market as well.

Here's a closer look at some possibilities:

*At the very top of the list is the Cleveland Browns' Terrelle Pryor. He also might be the least attainable. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported last week that Pryor instructed his agents to work out a deal with the Browns, because for all of their dysfunction he would like to remain with them.

Whether the two sides will be able to work out a long-term deal is far from certain, but the Browns should be somewhat motivated because Pryor exceeded expectations. Despite the team's constant changes at quarterback during a 1-15 train wreck of a season, he managed to catch 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. He turns 28 in June, but he's still young enough to have multiple good years in front of him.

*The Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery is exceptionally talented. He recently turned 27, so there's no age concern. What could pose a problem for the Bills and other possible suitors is the fact he served a four-game suspension at the end of last season for PED use. The Bears would like to keep him, but there seems little chance they will work out a new agreement or place a franchise tag on him.

*Kenny Stills has been a dynamic playmaker for the Miami Dolphins. He is a speedy deep threat, but isn't only a straight-line type of target like Marquise Goodwin. Stills also is much more productive; he scored nine touchdowns last season. At 24, he has youth very much on his side.

*DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins, turned 30 in December, but remains a viable game-breaker. One of his former teammates with Jackson's previous employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, was Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who could try to convince Jackson to join him in Western New York. The tough sell could be the Bills' quarterback situation. Jackson has said he wants to be on a team that has a great QB, which probably narrows the field because the NFL doesn't have many of those.

*Pierre Garcon turns 31 in August, and would prefer to end up with a playoff contender. That could mean working something out to remain with his current team, the Redskins. Garcon is still a superb possession receiver, something the Bills sorely lack.

*It's easy to see the potential in Kenny Britt of the Los Angeles Rams. He had a career-high 68 receptions for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns last season. But it's just as easy to see the risks Britt brings, on and off the field. He has worked at cleaning up his act, and at 27 (he turns 28 in September), he just might be showing enough maturity to convince a team to take a chance on him.

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