When NFL owners decide to stop pouting and bring their football back to the yard, the league's free agency period is expected to be a high-flying extravaganza. Partly, that enthusiasm exists because this could be one of the most populated free-agent classes ever.
If the new collective bargaining agreement allows for players with four years of tenure to join the unrestricted free-agent pool, then look out! When those flood gates of the signing period open, it is going to be a 32-team battle royale for the best and the brightest, the dazzling and spectacular, the gritty and the bold.
If a certain network doesn't pick up the pandemonium with NFL Draft-esque coverage, they are doing us a disservice.
Of course, I'm not talking about an circus similar to National Signing Day, where each player stands in front of a table throughout the course of the event with a group of team hats in front of them and then says, "I'll be playing ball next year for [insert whoever]," and picks up the hat and puts it on.
I'm talking about the big wigs of football sitting on stage, as normal, discussing the breaking news as it comes in. I'm talking about instant analysis, roster breakdown, everything we deserve and more. Hell, this could springboard free-agent periods for years to come to start at noon on a March Saturday rather than midnight when half the nation is asleep.
This could be Christmas 3.0—a day of BBQ and beer with the guys as a prelude to the draft.
Of course, this is all fanciful wishing. The reality is some teams have shown us their hands by the way we watched them draft college players in April. Another fact: This is going to be a huge year for free-agent wide receivers.
Before I attempt to break down the top five—all of which come with at least one red flag—at the position this offseason, allow me to wet your palate with my Honorable Mention to the list.