NFL Free Agency 2011: The Best Value Signings Available

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NFL Free Agency 2011: The Best Value Signings Available
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As the NFL lock out continues, no one really knows what to make of free agency for the 2011 season.

This includes the players, coaches, general managers, and owners.

Will those being called restricted free agents right now still be restricted if a collective bargaining agreement is reached? That is one of just a few questions everyone will have to wait for an answer on.

Some teams are heading into the 2011 draft in reverse. Some like to fill their biggest holes with the upper echelon free agents, go draft, then fill the rest of the roster with what is left over in the free agency pool.

Since it appears very likely an agreement won't be reached before the draft, along with the confusion of the 2011 definition of free agency, NFL teams will be in a frenzy, whenever this lock out ends, while scurrying to gobble up the talent available as quickly as possible.

The free agency pool of 2011 is a lot like the 2011 draft pool. There is a lot of mediocrity, especially at certain positions. Safety and middle linebacker has few draft prospects, if any, to get excited about. The free agency market is also thin in those areas.

Like the draft, there are quite a few excellent offensive linemen available. If your favorite team has a defense that is already strong in the middle, then the positions your team seeks to fill could very well be solved with good talent.

That is, of course, if the 2011 free agency market is run like it has been for several seasons.

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