Apparently, the football gods have decided that after a spastically condensed free agent period in 2011, they will reimburse us with one of the deepest markets in recent history as we enter free agency this winter.
At first glance, there are a number of marquee players who will undoubtedly attract the most attention from potential suitors. There are game breakers aplenty as talent like Drew Brees, Matt Forte, Arian Foster, and even Wes Welker enters the open market. Even up and coming superstars like Matt Flynn and Mike Tolbert enter the fray as potential breakout players, demanding high dollars for their future services.
I believe though, that the true girth of talent in this market can be found in those players who might become casualties of their current team’s priority list. Teams like the New Orleans Saints have their hands mightily full this offseason with a flurry of players becoming free agents, including invaluable all-pro quarterback Brees.
Here are 20 players who might become collateral damage from the distracted attention of a General Manager, and could end up being the bargain basement deal a team in need is looking for.