As the lockout enters its 328th month, or so it feels, fans are beginning to wonder if their 2011 NFL season will be taken away from them by greedy millionaires and billionaires.
Football has become our national pastime (despite what anyone over 50 chewing tobacco may argue), and the momentum lost by a missed season may prove difficult to recover from.
Regardless of where you stand on this debate, the common denominator remains: We want football!
One of the most important parts of the offseason is free agency. While this usually occurs shortly after the Superbowl, the lockout has drastically changed this schedule. Should the labor dispute become resolved and team activities are once again allowed, an avalanche of activity is sure to follow.
Players without contracts will be swept up by teams preparing for training camps and preseason in a much shorter time period than normally expected. Because of all this lockout hoopla, fans may not know who will be available via free agency.
Here are five free agents that fans may have forgotten about who could be key contributors to teams looking to add a piece or two for a playoff run.