As the NFL lockout rolls on, veterans whose contracts have expired will have increasingly less time with which to shop their services around to prospective employers. Normally, free agency would be in full boom for a while now, and mini camps and training camps would be getting started up soon.
However, with the lockout in full swing, players are not allowed to sign with new teams, or even have any kind of contact with a team owner, general manager or coach.
Because of the shortened free agency period that is expected this year, players will have more limited options than ever before.
Coaches and general managers are more likely to stick with players they know and who know their system rather than reaching for an unknown player who will have little time to learn the system and fit into their style of play.
Other players who are getting older and searching for a deal that will take them to the end of their careers may be looking at a contract that shortchanges them in terms of number of years because there is a significant danger of missing actual football games this season.
What follows is a list of 10 veterans that need a new collective bargaining agreement to be assented to as soon as possible so they can cash in on their pay day or get as much time as possible to adjust to a new situation before the season starts.