The NFL lockout is seemingly nearing its end with the talks becoming more frequent between the NFL Players Association and the owners which allows casual fans and reporters to speculate a tentative, albeit optimistic agreement happening sometime next week before July 25th.
If an agreement is reached by then, all 32 NFL teams will enter a frenzy to sign potential free agents and draft picks before the start of their respective training camps, giving some teams as short as a seven-day window.
Each year teams rely on free agency to address needs that weren't filled by the draft and the possible proposed salary cap of $120 million for the 2011-12 season will drastically affect a handful of teams and how they address those needs.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, under this new proposed collective bargaining agreement teams will be required to spend between 90-93 percent of their cap.
In addition to the proposed salary cap, there have been talks of allowing veterans to become unrestricted free agents after four years, which may result in teams losing several players that were previously classified as restricted free agents under the old collective bargaining agreement.
Also realize that some of the figures quoted in this article are subject to change due to teams not yet getting a chance to sign their draft picks and the ruling on dead money. The placement of the franchise tag on some players will lower the overall cap number for some teams as well.
But regardless of the exact numbers of the new CBA, certain teams will struggle to get under the new cap while others will relish the opportunity the cap provides.