NFL Free Agents 2012: DeSean Jackson and Superstars Who'll Find New Teams

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Receiver DeSean Jaskson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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While there are high-profile free agents like Drew Brees who aren't going anywhere, there are superstars in the free-agency pool who are going to be rocking different uniforms in 2012.

DeSean Jackson grossly underachieved this season and with the way the Eagles imploded, it's clear that letting Jackson walk is the best option.

Talent isn't an issue in Philadelphia. Jackson has regressed from the best deep threat and return man in the league to a sub-1,000 yard season with a bad attitude.

It's time for a new look and Jackson won't have a shortage of suitors once free agency rolls around.

Here are two other superstars who are going to find new homes in 2012.


Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

While Jay Cutler's injury decimated the Chicago Bears, Matt Forte going down was the most crucial. Forte was the only real weapon in Chicago. The all-purpose back gave his all to the Bears and they failed to reward him.

This Bears' reluctance to get a deal done prior to the injury has undoubtedly irked Forte. He didn't go the Peyton Hillis route, kicking and screaming his way out of Chicago. He came to work every day and let the Bears beat him into the ground and, for that, he was punished.

There are plenty of teams who'll appreciate his services and as long as he checks out medically, teams will be coming out of the woodwork to shower him in cash.


Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns

Peyton Hillis went from hard-nosed superstar to a sniveling cry baby who refused to tough it out for his team and became an unusable asset. 

The Browns are going to jump at the chance to replace Hillis in the backfield. While Hillis' little pouting act will have fewer suitors seeking him out, there will be more than one team battling it out for his services.

The monster deal he was looking for isn't coming his way and he's going to have to prove that he can be a feature back all over again, but he's definitely going to find a home.