2012 NFL Free Agents: Teams That Must Make a Big Splash

Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIMarch 3, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate after the New York Giants turned the ball over on downs in the final minute of their game at Candlestick Park on November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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There is a lot of pressure for teams to go out this offseason and find free agents to either replace or bolster certain areas of their team, but overpaying may be the name of the game this offseason, and some teams have no choice but to comply with those standards.

With "Franchise Tag Weekend" all but over, we now can get a pretty good look at what kind of talent teams will need to pursue, and what talent is actually free and on the market to acquire.

DeSean Jackson was a coveted player now franchise tagged by the Philadelphia Eagles, but there are several other players teams have made clear they have an eye on.


San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers' run in the NFC playoffs led to one thing, and that was expectancy. The NFL and its fans expect this team to be great for years to come and, most importantly, in this next season.

For that to happen, they will need to open the checkbook and start handing out money.

The NFC suddenly became a league in which San Francisco has a shot at winning, and the front office needs to take advantage of that and bulk up. Wide receivers are first on their list.


Philadelphia Eagles

It is not often you see a team that went crazy last season in free agency have to reassess where the team lies.

After the abysmal disappointment last season, the Eagles will need to address some areas this offseason because something was just not right. They had the superstar names, good quarterback and relentless running back, yet they went 8-8 after many expected them to win the Super Bowl.

Things need to change in Philadelphia, and it starts this offseason with some acquisitions that can make them a winning team, not a sideshow.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Greg Schiano era in Tampa Bay is upon the Buccaneers, and he has taken most of his staff from Rutgers along for the ride.

However, this team has a lot of work to do, and it starts on the defensive side of the ball where they ranked near the end of the pack in every meaningful category.

It will take more than just Schiano to change as disappointing a season as they had, but they have the young players in place to do so. The defense needs to remain the focus, though.