Some of the biggest names in the NFL will hit the market this offseason. The likes of Peyton Manning and Michael Vick will be looking to sign some of the largest contracts in NFL history.
A new collective bargaining agreement has yet to be reached, and the possibility of a lockout is looming over the league. Players on the free agent market need to get their new deals done by March 3, the last day that the current CBA will be in place.
If they don't get their contracts by then, they will have to wait until a new CBA is reached, and it doesn't look like that will be getting done any time soon.
For the sake of sanity, let's hope that we'll get to watch football on Sunday's next fall. Here are 10 players making to look a big splash in free agency this offseason.
Experience: 13 years
What? Randy Moss? The same Randy Moss who ran himself out of New England and Minnesota? The Randy Moss who had 28 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns on the year? Yes, that Randy Moss.
Moss has been written off in his career before. In 2006, Moss had 42 catches for 553 yards and three touchdowns during his last year with the Oakland Raiders. Everyone thought that Moss was finished. The Raiders traded the "washed up" Moss for a fourth-round pick.
Moss put together what may be the best season of his career in 2007. In his first year with the Pats, he snagged 98 balls for 1,493 yards and had an NFL-record 23 touchdown receptions. The Patriots also happened to go undefeated that year, and their offense had one of the most prolific seasons in NFL history.
As recently as 2009, Moss led the league with 13 touchdown receptions and was fifth in receiving yards with 1,264.
Moss wants to get paid. We know this because he told everyone at the beginning of the year. In fact, he talked about it so much that New England sent him packing.
So will someone take a chance on Moss and pay him top dollar? Probably. The only guy who has caught more touchdowns than Randy Moss is some guy named Jerry Rice (T.O is tied with Moss at 153). In the three seasons prior to 2010, Moss caught more touchdowns (47) than any other wideout in the league.
At 33, Moss still has enough gas in the tank to be an elite receiver in the NFL.
Experience: 5 Years
Williams has been stricken with the injury bug the last two seasons. He only played in six games this year, and he missed three games in the 2009 season.
But he strutted his stuff in '08. Williams ran over 1,500 yards and had a league leading 18 touchdowns.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement will determine whether Williams will be a restricted or an unrestricted free agent.
Jonathan Stewart has performed at a high level in Williams' absence, so it is very likely that Williams will have a new home next season.
Experience: 4 years
Woodley is another player whose free agent status will be determined by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If the CBA remains under the 2010 rules, he'd be a restricted free agent. But if the CBA returns to the old rules, then he'd be an unrestricted free agent.
LaMarr Woodley has been a monster at outside linebacker. In the last three seasons, he has gotten to the quarterback for 46 sacks, and he made the Pro Bowl in 2009.
Woodley has been playing in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense, and other teams that run the same scheme will be very interested in his services.
Experience: 7 years
Rogers was replaced by Ahtyba Rubin as the Cleveland Browns starting nose tackle. The Browns recently dumped Rogers due to his $5.5 million salary. He is now a free agent.
Rogers tilts the scales at 350 pounds, and he will be a high commodity for teams in need of a big man up front.
The three-time Pro Bowler has reportedly received interest from the Washington Redskins.
Experience: 6 years
Both men on the left side of the Patriots' offensive line are unrestricted free agents this year.
Logan Mankins has played a large role in the Patriots' success over the last several seasons. The left guard has been protecting Brady's backside for the last six seasons and has made three Pro Bowls.
Mankins is the most highly touted offensive lineman available this offseason. He's been a great bodyguard for Brady, and it is very likely that he ends up back in New England.
Experience: 6 years
Vincent Jackson sat out the first 10 games of the season due to a contract dispute with the San Diego Chargers.
Jackson will be the prized receiver in the open market this year. The Chargers had Jackson under contract for $3.628 million last year, but the receiver is looking for something in the $9 million per year range.
In the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Jackson went over 1,000 yards, and led the league in yards per catch both years. The demand for Jackson is going to be very high, and he's going to get a fat contract when it's all said and done.
Experience: 5 years
Ngata will be one of the most sought after players this offseason. He's been in the league for four years, and his free agent status will depend on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Ravens No. 1 priority this offseason will be to bring Ngata back, whether they offer him a new contract or franchise him. At 26, Ngata is just hitting his prime, and the demand for him is going to be high. He also wants to be one of the highest paid defensive lineman in the league.
Ngata will be due $12.5 million if (when) Baltimore places the franchise tag on him.
He has the ability to play anywhere on the defensive line, and has made the Pro Bowl the last two years playing left defensive end.
Experience: 8 years
Nnamdi Asomugha is the best cornerback in the NFL, period. The Raiders have already franchise-tagged Asomugha twice, so he is now free to go out and test the market.
We saw Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis hold out at the beginning of this year and he got $16.25 million a year over a four-year span, making him the highest paid corner in the league, surpassing the $16.14 million that Asomugha made this year.
Asomugha is the type of player who can be the face of a franchise and the cornerstone to build a team around. He will be rewarded handsomely for his talents this offseason, and should be the top-paid corner in the game again after he gets his new contract.
Experience: 9 years
The Eagles traded Donovan McNabb away to make room for their quarterback of the future, and that's exactly what they did. They just didn't know that Mike Vick was going to be that quarterback.
Vick lit the league up this year. For the first time in his career, Vick threw for over 3,000 yards, 20 touchdowns, completed over 60 percent of his passes and had a quarterback rating of 100. He also ran for 676 yards and had a career-high nine touchdown runs; he did all of this in 12 games worth of work.
Vick proved not only that he could be a pocket quarterback, but that he can be deadly in the pocket. There were many times throughout the season that Vick looked flat-out unstoppable.
For the first time in his career, he put all of his talents together this year and became the player everyone thought he would be when he came out of Virginia Tech all those years ago.
Vick is 30 years old, but his best football is ahead of him. The people of Philadelphia love Mike Vick and there is no way that Eagles management would let him play elsewhere.
Vick will either sign a long-term deal with the Eagles or they will put a franchise tag on him. Either way, he's not leaving Philadelphia.
Experience: 13 years
Peyton Manning is going to be the league's richest player in NFL history come the start of next season (if we have one). The four-time MVP has been working with the Colts to try and get a deal done before the new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Tom Brady signed a four-year, $72 million deal, with $48.5 million guaranteed, at the beginning of the 2010 season.
ESPN reports that the Colts have vowed to top that offer; however, they need to get the deal done by March 3 because that is the last day the current collective bargaining agreement is in effect, and a player can't sign a deal without a collective bargaining agreement in place.
Manning's worth every penny he's about to get from the Colts. He has led Indianapolis to nine straight postseason appearances, he's never missed a game and has made two trips to the Super Bowl, coming away with a championship back in 2006.