With NFL free agency scheduled to begin on March 13, NFL fans and media alike are keenly debating and speculating on where the key players will be calling home this time next month.
Mario Williams headlines a very talented group of players which may available to the highest bidder. Teams can begin designating their franchise tag to one of their free agents starting from Feb. 20.
Hundreds of millions of dollars will be dished across the NFL as each team looks to put itself in the best position possible to succeed in 2012. However, it is not always the biggest spenders that tend to reap the big rewards in free agency. It is important for teams to spend their money wisely and find value in the market.
Every year there are examples of players who switch teams and suddenly their performance improves dramatically. This can happen for any number of reasons from players needing a fresh start to refocus themselves to moving to a system that better utilises their strengths.
Some players hitting the free agency market have sustained serious injuries in the past 12 months which will inevitably lower their price tags.
Brandon Lloyd exploded to lead the league in receiving yards in 2010 after doing his best impression of an NFL journeyman for the first seven years of his career. There was not a lot of interest in Carlos Rogers when he hit the market last offseason. After a Pro Bowl season for the 49ers, that will not be the case this time.
Andre Carter was considered by many to be washed up after leaving Washington but produced 10 sacks and was voted to the Pro Bowl also, for the New England Patriots.
These are examples of the type of value signings teams need to make to truly come out as winners in free agency. Here are some of the players that, for different reasons, teams may not have to break the bank to sign but have the potential to have big impacts in 2012.