I'd like to take this time to comment on the utter ridiculousness of the NFL lockout. This is by far the most bizarre NFL offseason that I have ever been a fan for (having been too young for either lockout in the 80s).
It's a menace that's existed in the background, flaring up only occasionally. And the labor stoppage has reared its ugly head at various moments, the draft probably being the most prominent.
In most cases, the lockout has meant different things to different people. Obviously the ramifications for the lockout aren't the same for NFL coaches as they are for sporadic fans.
Yet one aspect to the current dispute that has created identical reaction across the spectrum has been the 2011 free agent period.
Or, more accurately, its absence.
The baffling absence of free agency has created an equal amount of frustration and uncertainty among coaches, fans, owners and players. No one has been left without a general degree of astonishment at the departure from normalcy.
Still, there seems to be a general confidence that this will get resolved at some point. And when that happens, some teams will be better positioned to take advantage of free agent shopping than others.
For arguments sake, I'll assume that any new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) has a salary cap (which I don't think is too much of a stretch).
So here's a glance at some of the teams who would stand to do well in the once and future 2011 NFL free agency period.