NFL free agents for the summer of 2011 can offer quite a few teams in need of a boost on a special teams unit.
And with the NFL lockout about to come to an end (hopefully), NFL free agency talks concerning such special team specialists are sure to pick up.
Last season, a handful of teams that had potential to be elite (or teams that had playoff potential) seen their records and Super Bowl hopes crushed by inadequacy with their special teams' units. The San Diego Chargers are a prime example, as they finished in the top five in nearly every statistical category available, but failed to make the playoffs after letting up huge, momentum-shifting plays on special teams.
The Miami Dolphins missed out on the playoffs, too. And though their problems run deeper, they had problems on special teams, firing their coordinator a couple weeks into the season.
Adding some much-needed talent on special teams could further a team's Super Bowl hopes.
Here are the four best special teams players available.