It’s that interesting time of the year in the National Football League.
By mid-afternoon on March 4, teams will have to decide if they want to slap the franchise tag on a veteran to ensure his return to the team. For some clubs, there are obvious choices. For others, they stand the chance of keeping one exceptional player but losing another if they can’t get the latter re-signed.
In most instances, teams have been preparing to possibly lose some of their other talent because they happen to be deep in a certain area.
Most importantly here, why would an NFL team let a good player “walk”? Let’s not assume that it’s because he hasn't played well.
It may just be the fact that a prospective buyer wants to pay the free agent the kind of money that would set his original team’s salary cap awry, and clubs may not be willing to pay him that kind of money at this stage or any other stage of his career.
Here’s a list of prominent and potential unrestricted free agents who could hit the market on March 12. It’s perhaps circumstance and not performance that will make it tough for these players to return to their original clubs.
We've listed the following players strictly by the alphabetical order of their current teams.