2012 NFL Free Agency: Top 25 Free Agents and the Teams That Need Them Most

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Top 25 Free Agents and the Teams That Need Them Most
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With the NFL season nearing an end, it is time to look forward to the 2012 NFL offseason.  Fortunately for us NFL fans, we are not going to have to deal with the headaches we had in the 2011 offseason, because we won't have the strike/lockout issues to deal with.

Not only that, with the new collective bargaining agreement rules, teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals are not going to be permitted to spend as little as possible, and take that money as profit.

Instead, teams are going to be required to spend at least 95 percent of the salary cap on players, so you can expect the NFL's top talents to be paid top dollar when free agency starts in March.

The following is a list of the top 25 NFL free agents, and the teams that need them most. In each case, the team that already has the player under contract is the best place for him to return. However, that does not mean he is going to.

The one group I am leaving out of this list are the restricted free agents.  Though there are some players that move while being restricted, not many of them do.

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