Its that time of year when NFL teams across the country look at their roster and realize that a few of their best players are going to be free agents. Coaches and front offices must decide—and quickly—whether to prevent their player from hitting the open market or let them go.
Its a complicated cost-benefit analysis that takes into account age, the team's system, and the club's financial health.
Here are a few players that should stay right where they are.
Maybe they didn't have a good 2011 season or their team didn't perform very well and they are looking for greener pastures. Or maybe its a foregone conclusion that they'll stay, but the contract details must be hammered out.
These are players that their respective teams need to keep in order win games and hopefully make the playoffs next year.