The 2011 season is firmly locked up in limbo and a wise man once said, "There's always next year."
With next year in mind, we are going to take a look at the top-five free agents that 31 teams want to get their hands on and a 32nd team that is trying to keep their guy.
It's not in anyone's best interest to speculate at this juncture as to what will separate the restricted from the unrestricted free agent. They will all be lumped into one pool for the purposes of this topic—franchise tags, while in use, will not be considered. There are some very big names that are going to have huge paydays when next season's signing period rolls around. That is, if there is a next season.
At this rate and with no labor deal in sight, be ready next week for my edition of "Five 2020 Free Agents Everyone Will Want to Sign" as I scour the country in search high school players that teams will be salivating over to create a roster.
Until that happens, be positive, there will be football—someday.