Will Fuller V might quietly be one of the best NFL free agents available this offseason.
The Houston Texans wideout, a first-round pick in 2016, had a tumultuous 2020 season that has shoved him under the radar a bit.
He was a staple of trade speculation prior to the Nov. 3 deadline before receiving a six-game suspension at the end of that month for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing substances policy after taking a prescribed medication he thought was permissible.
Fuller is just 26 years old, and over 11 appearances, he recorded career highs of 879 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 16.6 yards per catch. His combination of deep speed and explosiveness is one reason why Spotrac set his market value at $16.9 million per season, though some teams will shy away from paying him since he's only appeared in a maximum of 11 games in four of his five pro seasons.
Below, let's take a look at realistic landing spots for Fuller based on team need, fit and cap outlook.
The Miami Dolphins should be on the hunt for a wideout this offseason to help spur Tua Tagovailoa's development.
The team won 10 games in 2020 while rotating between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tagovailoa under center, and DeVante Parker led the team in receiving with 793 yards. The second-leading wideout, Jakeem Grant, managed just 373 yards.
Miami didn't hesitate to spend big in free agency last year, bringing in players like Byron Jones (five years, $82.5 million) and Kyle Van Noy (four years, $51 million). With the rebuild seemingly progressing quicker than expected, the franchise should do so again.
With a top-eight projected cap number, the front office should have some wiggle room to outbid other would-be suitors and get some of the big cap hits out of the way early in new contracts.
Most importantly, this is about Tagovailoa. He needs more reliable targets in his second year, and as the offense shifts toward stretching the field more as the quarterback develops, Fuller is an ideal guy to make plays deep.
Now might be the time for the Carolina Panthers to consider making a big splash at wideout.
They had a stellar trio of receivers in 2020, with DJ Moore leading the way with 1,193 yards and four touchdowns. Robby Anderson was close behind with 1,096 yards and three scores, while Curtis Samuel had 851 and three.
But Samuel is a free agent this offseason, and Anderson has just one year left on his deal. While the quarterback position remains a question mark after Teddy Bridgewater's so-so debut year with the team, it's clear the Panthers need to reload at wideout.