With only the Super Bowl left in the 2012-13 season, it seems to be a fitting time to gaze at the 2013 free-agent landscape.
After an in-depth survey over the list of players with expiring contracts, three tiers of talent reveal themselves. The players inside each tier share similar characteristics based on their value as commodities.
The first tier features two players who are technically free agents, but based on their value to their team will likely never hit the market.
The second tier is a much larger group that features players whose market value will likely be too great for their current team to match and will probably be wearing different jerseys next season
The third tier consists of older veteran players. Free agents in this group have maintained illustrious careers but have diminished athletically.