Breaking down the WR deals

Analyzing deals for Meachem, Garcon, Moss, Wayne and Robinson

Updated: March 15, 2012, 3:18 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
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The NFL free-agency window has been open for less than two days now, but there have already been a number of notable franchise-changing moves.

With the league's ever-increasing emphasis on the passing game, it's not surprising that many of these moves have involved wide receivers.

Not all of these transactions are created equal, however, so let's take a look at some of the better -- and worse -- wide receiver deals from a metric standpoint.

Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers

In signing Moss, let's hope the 49ers learned a lesson from the Plaxico Burress debacle.

Last year, the New York Jets acquired Burress to be their vertical threat despite the fact he was 34 years old, had been out of football for two seasons and had posted subpar vertical numbers in his last full NFL campaign.

Moss is in much the same boat. He is 35 years old, has been out of football for a season and in his last full season posted a 6.6 mark in the vertical yards per attempt (VYPA) category, which ranked him tied for 84th out of 90 qualifying receivers. (Note: Vertical passes are those aerials thrown 11 or more yards downfield.)