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2012 NFL Free Agents: 6 Lynchpins to Rebuilding a Special Teams Unit
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Every year as the new NFL season inches closer, the eyes of the fans and the media fall upon the offensive and defensive stars who will be upcoming free agents.

Sadly, some of the most important players who will take the football field are often overshadowed by these men. Special teams can make or break a game for a team, but many of the participants only have the opportunity to shine for short periods of time.

A great special teams unit can breathe life into an otherwise mediocre team. These players may not make as much as some of their peers, but they have the power to swing the momentum of a game.

Who are this year’s most desirable special teams free agents? Who would be a good target to bring in to act as the lynchpin around which a special teams unit can be rebuilt into a true game changer? Here are six candidates.

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