2012 NFL Free Agency is almost here, and each team is scrambling to decide which players to bring back and which ones they should let walk. It’s always a difficult process for a front office to weigh all the different variables that go into the decision, but there are always players that teams know they must absolutely bring back.
Whether the player is a grizzled veteran, a fan favorite or a nice piece to build around for the future, the no-brainer decisions are sometimes the hardest to figure out. Does a team bring back a hot-head because he produces on the field? Or do they let the player walk because they might be able to find a more suitable replacement?
One thing is for sure about free agency—teams are likely to lose a player to the open market, and they will regret it. This happens every year—a star player wants out for more money or other various reasons, and it sets back the original team for years.
Each team has one of these players hitting free agency. Here is one player from each team that will devastate their respective franchises if they leave via free agency this offseason: