After 267 games were played in the 2011 NFL season, and with the New York Giants being crowned Super Bowl XLVI champions, the 2012 NFL offseason can now officially begin.
Every NFL team can now start turning their attention to signing their own free agents, or determining who they will be giving a franchise tag.
Before you know it, the NFL combines will begin in Indianapolis (February 22-28) and then teams can continue to work their draft boards according to what they discovered in Indianapolis.
Within two weeks of the combines, free agency starts (March 13 at 4:00).
There will be some teams that have more room than other NFL teams to be aggressive in their free-agent bids due to having more room against the salary cap. Some free agents will be dragged out for months, while a healthy percentage will be signed to a new deal by the end of March.
One thing to note for teams with new head coaches and new coordinators across the board—due to the new CBA deal that was struck prior to the 2011 season starting—is OTAs are now reduced from 15 days to just 10 days.
That isn't much time to work in all the new schemes, communication changes and philosophies to teams prior to training camp opening up. But that is life in the NFL now.
There are quite a few things that can happen during all of the above events that could be construed as either a good or bad development for every NFL team.
What we have been asked to present today is to determine the worst offseason scenario for every NFL team.
For some teams, the answer will be more obvious than others, but we will try to come up with something plausible for every team.