The 2010 season was one of frustration for the two-time Pro Bowler, especially after having missed all of 2009 because of injury. Though Brown started 14 games, he played much of the season dinged up with nagging injuries while playing right tackle for the first time since his rookie year.
The Washington Redskins allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent despite the fact their offensive line needs a lot of help. Brown is just 29-years-old, but 2011 might be a make or break season as far as being a starter.
Though Washington might try to bring him back, Brown's history of excellence will warrant quite a few offers. Offers that the Redskins may fail to match, thus depleting the offensive line even more.
Matt Light is coming off a Pro Bowl year, his third, for the New England Patriots. He has started at left tackle for the Patriots since 2001, but will be 33-years-old before the 2011 season begins.
Though it seems unlikely he will leave, especially with unrestricted free agent guard Logan Mankins certainly going, it is doubtful the unrestricted free agent is offered anything but a short-term deal. If a team offers more years, Light might leave a team he has won three Super Bowls with.
Tyson Clabo had an amazing journey to becoming a 2010 Pro Bowler. He went undrafted in 2004, then bounced around on practice squads until he signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. He earned a starting job as a guard in his rookie year, then moved to tackle. Clabo plays with a mean streak that teammates like, and he had good size and mobility.
Despite the late start on his career, he will be only 30-years-old in 2011 with little wear and tear on his body in comparison to others his age. An unrestricted free agent, he will get offers but might not want to leave the one organization that gave him a chance to play.
The 2010 season was the first since 2000 where Alan Faneca failed to go to the Pro Bowl. He will be 35-years-old this season and the unrestricted free agent is said to be contemplating retirement. The Arizona Cardinals, with whom he played with last year, has stated they want him back.
Faneca is probably headed for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, but there is a chance a team entices him with an offer to suit up in 2011. While he might not be the same player he was in his prime, he is still a starter and better than many others.
Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks are a pair of young and excellent guards who are restricted free agents.
Joseph and Jeremy Trueblood anchor the right side of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive line and both are free agents. Losing either one could be devastating to a young team like the Bucs. Both will be 28-years-old in 2011 and were drafted in the first and second round of the 2006 draft to become mainstays.
Joseph has been named to the Pro Bowl once as well. Nicks has just three years under his belt. His 2010 season saw him go to the Pro Bowl. The New Orleans Saints are said to want to re-sign Nicks to a long-term deal.
The Atlanta Falcons could be in trouble in 2011 with the prospects of losing the right side of their offensive line. Harvey Dahl, like Clabo, went undrafted. After barely playing for the San Francisco 49ers in 2006, he joined the Falcons in 2007 and earned a starting job the next year.
Dahl is known as maybe the meanest and nastiest offensive lineman in the NFL. He got in a shouting match with 49ers ex-head coach Mike Singletary in 2009. The Hall of Famer purportedly became so enraged that he spit on Dahl.
He is a restricted free agent and it is rumored the Falcons are intent on keeping both him and Clabo. If they cannot, there are always several teams looking for a guy who brings character to the locker room.
Lyle Sendlein is a restricted free agent, but he is the only center worth mentioning in the free agency pool. The Cardinals would prefer to keep the fourth-year undrafted player who has started the past three seasons.
Yet there are no great centers in the draft or in free agency. Sendlein is far and away the cream of the crop and that might entice a big bid for his services.