The NFL has a free-agent program that ensures the players' ability to market themselves to the highest bidder. While the salary cap prevents them from being overcompensated, free agency simultaneously guarantees that they can play as long as they are willing and able to play at the pro level.
What if college football had free agency? Say a player originally signed with Alabama, but the guy in front of him on the depth chart was going to keep him off the field for every year but the last one. What if those players could simply sell themselves to any team that could use their talent?
It would certainly make college football more competitive, and it would allow players to make life-changing decisions every step of their journey between national signing day and the moment they declare for the draft. (As opposed to just on national signing day.)
For the purposes of this article, all players will be treated the same. There will be no "restricted" or "unrestricted" label placed on anyone. Any player who isn't a starter on the depth chart (on offense or defense) or is a starter in a BCS non-AQ conference is eligible for free agency. The school that gives up the player listed will receive one extra slot for the 2014 class to make up for the player that left.
Also, the usual one-year waiting period for the transferred player will be waived. Any player that switches schools can play for the new school immediately.
*All conference standings are from ESPN.com