4. Eagles WR Zach Pascal
Pascal has been buried on Philadelphia’s wide receiver pecking order this year, seeing just 338 offensive snaps with 254 special teams snaps in 17 regular season games. Two blowout wins in the playoffs have driven snaps shares north of 30 percent for him in each.
In two of three seasons (2019-2021) as a starter with the Indianapolis Colts, Pascal had five touchdowns and averaged over 14 yards per catch. While he’s not a WR1, or even a WR2, he can absolutely add value in a secondary role as a bit of a downfield threat and red zone target.
If DJ Chark exits in free agency, the Lions could go very cheap to fill a spot on the depth chart as Jameson Williams steps into a bigger role next season. Pascal would fit that template perfectly.
3. Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman
Hardman will not play in the Super Bowl after trying to play through an injury to his pelvis in the AFC Championship Game against the Bengals. He had not played since Week 9 of the regular season.
The Chiefs may be inclined to let Hardman go this offseason based on his injury struggles this year. But he did not miss a regular season game in any of his first three seasons, and his catch and yardage production was on an upward trend (59 receptions for 693 yards in 2021).
Spotrac pretty aggressively projects Hardman’s market value at a four-year, $44.14 million deal ($11 million per year). He may have to settle for a shorter deal than that, if not a cheaper one per year too.
On the notion Chark may leave, Hardman should be someone the Lions take a solid look at in free agency.