The St. Louis Rams are surely feeling the pressure to improve this offseason by any means necessary.
The fans merely wanted to see considerable improvements in Jeff Fisher's first season as head coach, and since the team finished with a resoundingly successful 7-8-1 record (compared to 2-14 in 2011), the city is hungry for more and eager for a playoff appearance a year from now.
Anything less will be viewed as a disappointment, which is why general manager Les Snead and Fisher will put in countless hours of hard work this offseason in an effort to further fortify their talented but flawed roster.
Like most of the premiere franchises capable sustaining success year after year (New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Baltimore), the Rams will primarily rely on the draft for reinforcements, rather than flashy, cap-killing free agents.
But even though the draft is the most important rebuilding tool, there's always room for a free agent or two, as long as the acquisitions are made in a smart, cap-friendly way.
And besides, there are some clear advantages to free agency.
In the draft, the proper technique is to select the most talented player available, regardless of roster needs, whereas free agency allows a team to immediately address a position in desperate need of an upgrade.
So while St. Louis won't get carried away with a free-agent shopping spree, there will be some key signings this March.
But which players are currently being eye-balled by Fisher and Snead?
Read on to review five high-end names that may be entering the market this year. Each player fills a need for the Rams and will significantly upgrade the roster.