The 2013 NFL free agency period is quickly approaching now that teams have had a chance to apply franchise tags to superstar players.
Only eight teams elected to use the franchise tag this year, which means a variety of high-profile players could be headed to free agency.
Every NFL franchise now has a short period of time to re-sign players before free agency opens. Each team has at least one player it has to find a way to bring back because it runs the risk of losing key roster members once they hit the open market.
These players range from superstar status to simply an integral piece of the roster that provides depth. Either way, they are pieces that could set each franchise back as they could prove difficult to replace. Since restricted free agents are likely to return to their respective teams no matter what, we will not include them for the purposes of this slideshow.
Free agency officially opens at 4 pm on March 12, but for now let's take a look at one player each team must re-sign before then.