NFL Free Agents 2012: 5 High-Profile Free Agents Who Aren't Going Anywhere

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26:   Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and the offensive line of the New Orleans Saints pose after the game for a photo after Brees threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles #43 and broke the single-season passing record in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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There are a lot of huge names who are going to be free agents in 2012, but for many of them, the chances of them leaving their current teams are slim to none.

While an extension hasn't been worked out yet, a blockbuster deal to keep them from going elsewhere is inevitable.

Fans whose teams have superstars in a contract year need not worry, and dejected fanbases hoping to lure in a franchise savior shouldn't get their hopes up.

Here are give high-profile free agents who aren't going anywhere.


Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees has won a Super Bowl in New Orleans, broken the single-season passing record set by Dan Marino and thrived under Sean Payton.

There is no reason for Brees to leave. He's got a good thing going in New Orleans, they've built the team around him and he has a head coach with whom he's comfortable. Expect the Saints to lock him up long term after the season comes to a close.

Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice is Baltimore's offense. His ability to do it all has made him a staple in their offense and in no way are they going to let him slip away.

It's hard to imagine a better fit for Rice also. The Ravens are a team who is constantly in contention, and they aren't going to let their best offensive weapon slip away.


Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots

There is no receiver like Wes Welker. He and Tom Brady have an uncanny feel for one another and he's Brady's go-to possession receiver.

The Patriots have an unorthodox way of operating, so it's hard to say they will certainly do anything, but losing Welker's production would put their pass-happy offense in a serious bind.

John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons

John Abraham is a pass-rushing nightmare, and the last thing Atlanta wants to do is lose one of the only defensive superstars they have on the roster.

Abraham has racked up double-digit sacks six times in his career, and with the explosive offense they've assembled, they can't afford to let their defense regress by letting a player like Abraham slip through their fingers.


Mario Williams, OLB, Houston Texans

Mario Williams suffered a devastating, season-ending injury, but the Texans won't have any reservations about showering him in money.

He's their best defensive player and an elite rush end. They are going to do whatever it takes to lock down the most feared player in their beastly front seven, and it's hard to imagine that Williams would want to bail now, when Houston's future is so bright.