NFL free agency is a time for front offices to line up in their attempts to acquire players.
Some go after established stars to fill the holes in their team, while others try to turn another team's backup into their future star.
A few backups got starting jobs through free agency and trades this last offseason. The results were mixed.
Examples include: the Miami Dolphins turning Reggie Bush from New Orleans Saints scat back/decoy into a 1,000-yard rusher; Tarvaris Jackson went from Minnesota Vikings backup to Seattle Seahawks starter with average results; Aaron Maybin went from Buffalo Bills flop to leading the New York Jets in sacks; and Tim Hightower went from the Arizona Cardinals to the Washington Redskins but battled injuries and only started five games.
As we close in on the offseason, teams will review the available free-agent backups hoping to score big on an acquisition.
Here are five free agents that will be starters in 2012.