Well, the dog days of summer appear to be setting in and it’s only late May. At least football is about to start and we'll be treated to the tales of sweating athletes from two-a-days.
That's right—the NFL's in a lockout. Well, then let's close our eyes and dream a little dream. A new collective bargaining agreement has been reached and all 32 NFL teams are getting ready for a quick 2011 free agency period before putting in the work necessary to deliver fans an exciting season of football.
Each team will start by getting to pick one free agent that ideally suits its needs. The order of picks will follow the 2011 NFL draft order for no other reason than fairness. Also, each will receive a pick even though a team like the Oakland Raiders traded away their 2011 first-round draft pick to the Patriots.
This method seems as good as any, given that picking free agents by top dollar is hard to guess and too much a reminder of the lockout.
It's a dream, so just play along.
Of course, some team's ideal free agent might already have been on the roster and just needs to be re-signed, while others better be able to make a quick transition to their new locale and new squad.
For our purposes, a player will need four years of service (although five years is more likely) to be an unrestricted free agent, not the nightmarish scenario of six years.
Mind you, this list won't be the 32 best free agents to hit the market, just the best fits for 32 teams.
Enjoy, before you wake up.