2012 NFL Free Agents: 5 Veterans Sure to Add Depth

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIIJanuary 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints stands on the field during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The regular season has ended, and now its time to count down to the Super Bowl. 

With this in mind and the offseason already starting for some, we need to evaluate the free agents and see which ones will have to most to offer.


Drew Brees

Brees is a free agent this year, but everyone knows New Orleans is not going to let him go.  The command and respect he has with his team is absolutely phenomenal.


Matt Forte

Forte has been asking for a long-term deal all season, and according to ESPN, he feels pretty optimistic about it. 

Forte has been with the Bears for four seasons and has been a powerhouse for the team.  His enthusiasm and experience would be great on any depth chart if his contract doesn't work out in Chicago.


Wes Welker

Welker is another player who will probably be re-signed by his team.  The New England Patriots WR leads the league in receiving yards.  With eight years under his belt in the NFL, he would be an asset to any team.


John Abraham

Abraham has shown that he can lead a defense all season.  If the Falcons let him go, Abraham could be a great mentor for young defensive ends.


Greg Olsen

As a Panther fan, I hope that Greg Olsen doesn't go anywhere.  He came in to Carolina and has been one of our most electric players all season. 

His experience has helped guide the younger players through the season and take bring some dignity back to the Carolinas.