The big news in all of New England heading to Patriots training camp is the current state of talks over Tom Brady's contract extension. The Patriots All-Pro quarterback enters the final year of a deal that will pay him just $3.5 million this season.
Yet, Brady just doesn't want to talk extension, he wants to talk new contract and who can blame him? Brady's situation is just one of many examples of what will be highly sought after free agent class following the upcoming NFL season.
However, the dark cloud hanging over all of these free agents is the possibility that there will be no 2011 NFL season due to distance in a settlement over a new collective bargaining agreement.
The uncertainty over the 2011 season leaves owners very reluctant to dole out big money extensions at the moment. If they do not though, they could be looking at a market flush with these free agents.