On March 13, teams will continue their endless search for a winning formula as the 2012 NFL free-agency frenzy begins. Something new that adds fuel to the free-agent fire this year is the fact that teams can carry over unspent cash from the previous season.
This means there will be plenty of desperate teams that will grossly overpay for what they think is a sure thing.
After all, there are 31 teams in the league whose 2011 season didn't end the way they wanted.
Like so many before them, those who overpay will be sorely disappointed.
The Kansas City Chiefs have the most money in the NFL to play with this offseason. With an expected surplus of $60-plus million, the Chiefs can do just about anything they want.
The good news for Chiefs fans is the team will spend wisely as it continues to build a winner.
Even better news for the Chiefs, they are getting their best players back from injury. Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry should all return healthy.
With plenty of money and a healthy squad, the Chiefs are in a win-win situation.
The Atlanta Falcons shook up the 2011 NFL draft when they leapfrogged the field and selected Julio Jones.
Now without a pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, the Falcons will turn to the free-agent market to solve their problems.
For two consecutive years the Falcons bowed out of the playoffs in their first game. It's now or never for Atlanta as they'll have $30-plus million to reel in some talent.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, the problem may exist in what they already have—Matty Ice may never heat up when the time is right.
The Denver Broncos made the playoffs last season thanks to the heroics of Tim Tebow. With $50-plus million to burn this offseason, the Broncos will go out and buy Tebow some help.
With the Broncos being in a strong but underperforming AFC West, GM John Elway knows he has to acquire some artillery. The Broncos are at risk, though, because they are only as good as Tebow. While no one can doubt his fourth-quarter theatrics, he has to become more consistent.
The top-dollar offensive talent brought in by the Broncos won't be able to thrive due to the up-and-down play at the quarterback position.
The Broncos will wish they had saved some loot for a new signal-caller in the near future.
The Seattle Seahawks finished 7-9 in 2011 and there's no doubt head coach Pete Carroll is ready to break the bank. With somewhere around $30 million to spend, the Seahawks will spend frivolously.
With running back Marshawn Lynch potentially skipping town, the Seahawks might need to look elsewhere for offensive threats. Whomever they decide to bring in, they'll earn entirely too much money as the Seahawks will struggle to break .500 next year.
The Chicago Bears have around $20 million to spend, which is a good thing.
The only bad thing is that the Bears must find a way to retain running back Matt Forte and also add addition weapons. Forte is without a doubt the team's only offensive threat. He led the team in rushing yards and receptions out of the backfield. To prove to Forte that the team will be a serious contender, the Bears will pay a king's ransom to bring free agents to the Windy City.
Playing in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, Bears fans will feel dejected after the 2012 season.
What happened to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011?
After a 4-2 start the team lost 10 straight to finish the season. Head coach Raheem Morris had to walk the plank and now Greg Schiano is steering the ship for Tampa. Something that had to draw Schiano to the Bucs is the fact that they have $60-plus million to dispense.
With that money, they'll spend money like it grows on trees.
Bucs fans will have to be miserable for some time longer as Schiano's time in the NFL won't be a successful voyage. Players don't win in the NFL without great coaching, no matter how much money they make.
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has tried to buy a Super Bowl title in the past. It seems like he tries to do so every year as certain free agents swindle Snyder out of millions.
This year will be no different as the Redskins have around $47 million to drop on undeserving individuals.
One can only imagine what goes through Snyder's mind as he tries to buy his dream.
Expect the Redskins to relinquish their top draft picks for the next couple of seasons to acquire quarterback Robert Griffin III. Without a doubt, Snyder will want to surround RGIII with a supporting cast of prime free agents.
Once again, Snyder will lay it all on the line. It's never worked in the past, why should fans think it'll work this time?