With player movement and contract negotiations on hold due to the NFL's current lockout, the 2011 iteration of free agency has yet to occur. While a number of players await their chance to re-sign or sign with new teams, next year's free agents have to start thinking about their futures in the NFL. Their value depends on the moves of this offseason as well as their performance in the coming season.
The 2012 class of free agents could see big paydays in the post-lockout NFL to go along with some big names on the market.
Some players may sign contracts between the start of the 2011 season and the following free agency period, which would remove them from the conversation entirely. Regardless of that fact, here are the players that could top the list of potential earners from the 2012 class of free agents.