An unrestricted free agent in the NFL is a player without a home—he wants to put on a uniform, but like you, he's not on a team's roster. Then there's the restricted free agents. Those are the guys that want to move on, but their team is like a bad ex-girlfriend—as soon as they try to move on, their team just won't let go.
In 2012, there will be 10 unrestricted free agent running backs that will have an immediate impact for whichever team is fortunate enough to sign them. Well, maybe except for Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant, but I wanted this to be an even 10 list. Anyway, the other eight will surely be impact players in 2012.
In order to make it to the unrestricted status these guys had to have played four seasons and had their contract expire without an extension from their current team. Trust me, it's an optimal position to be in for them.
Kind of like you with your Verizon contract—you want to make it to that two-year mark, but can never seem to get there because of that much needed upgrade. Now stop fretting over your cell phone plan and click below to find out where Beast Mode will be beasting next year.