So often it's a moderately priced free agent that really puts a team over the top.
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The Redskins certainly could be contenders next season, but conditions are ripe for a quarterback controversy.
Over the next two weeks, several of the NFL's biggest names will bear the franchise player distinction.
Several teams with playoff aspirations are still questioning who will be under center for them next year.
Several of last year's high-dollar signings paid off for some teams, if not in wins, at least in production.
The hiring of well-respected offensive line coaches could put the Bills, Redskins and Falcons over the top.
The Giants are a team built to win now, and they need a coach with a track record like Tom Coughlin's.
The Browns are 4-10 and have endured a chaotic season, but there is hope that things will be better next season.
With the Ravens' D next up and guard Ron Stone ailing, 49ers QB Jeff Garcia shouldn't rush back from injury.