2011 NFL Free Agency: Predicting How Many Free Agents Each Team Will Lose

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2011 NFL Free Agency: Predicting How Many Free Agents Each Team Will Lose
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Perhaps football fans have been too harsh in their disdain towards the NFL (owners and players alike) for not getting a new deal signed and getting on with free agency, OTAs, mini-camps, etc.  After all, dragging things out has given us all an few extra months to think about what big-name free agents our favorite teams will sign.

Not buying that argument?  Still upset?  Fine...there is just no pleasing some people, even when there is a luxury of splitting up an economy the size of an average African or small European country.

With every big-name signing, it means another team has lost a piece of their puzzle.  Losing players is likely to happen more frequently with the new collective bargaining agreement, as players are pushing to become unrestricted free agents after just four seasons.  

For the purpose of this article, I'll be going by the assumption that teams will still have a franchise tag and a transition tag that actually has teeth, and in return players will become unrestricted FAs after four seasons.

The following pages will outline how many players each team figures to lose.  There is a summary for each team showing the number of listed free agents according to the NFL Players Association.  

There will be a total player loss in the title slide for each team.  This number also reflect players that have been released since the end of the 2010 season and that do not count towards the "free agent" total for each team.

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