The feeding frenzy that is also known as NFL free agency begins in earnest on Tuesday, March 12. Hundreds of NFL free agents will be looking to sign on with a new team for 2013, and hopefully beyond. Out of that group, a handful will turn out to be real gems (Boom) or will fall well short of expectations (Bust).
Predicting the boom and bust free agents of 2013 is rather difficult, since we don't know yet which team will sign them or for how much the players will sign. These predictions are hardly foolproof. You have to be on the lookout for free agents who are just starting to realize their potential, as well as note which players are not likely to perform to the level of compensation they will be paid.
Agents do their best to drive up the price of the contracts, while the front offices of every team have to be mindful of their salary-cap number and make offers that are competitive yet responsible at the same time.
Looking back at the 2012 season, we can identify a handful of free agents who had a positive impact on their team (Boom), like Peyton Manning, Jacoby Jones, Vincent Jackson and Martellus Bennett. Then there are the free agents who weren't able to live up to expectations (Bust) for a variety of reasons, such as Mark Anderson, Laurent Robinson, John Carlson and Robert Meachem.
Here are eight boom and eight bust predictions for the 2013 free-agent class.