Every now and again the NFL is treated to a story like that of Stephen Neal and Antonio Gates. Both players rose to prominence in the league at their respective positions despite never playing a down of football in their collegiate careers.
Most teams aren't as lucky as the New England Patriots or San Diego Chargers, however.
The only two places they generally have to look for football talent is in the draft and free agency. Both avenues are anything but guaranteed to produce that talent.
Yet the allure of adding a proven talent is often too much for the majority of NFL franchises to resist, as teams invest absurd amounts of money on their dream players.
It's a two-way street, though.
Players will rarely take anything other than the best offer, as the prospects of adding a few zeros to their pay check is enough to woo their signature. But there's more to the game of football than how many commas you have in your salary.
There's something to be said about the way a player fits a specific scheme and how that player would figure into the depth charts, among countless other factors.
I've composed a list of players who chose a new home for the upcoming season, but may soon regret that decision.