As the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement hopes to conclude a new deal over the next seven to 10 days, the entire universe of NFL players anxiously awaits to learn who will become a new free agent on the market.
We don't yet know what powers or controls NFL owners will be granted to try to keep their top free agents in house, but it is safe to assume that this is one of the key sticking points as negotiations wind down.
During this down time, the plight of many potential free agents has been bandied about in the media. We are going to look at 24 of the top projected free agents and speculate what new teams they will be playing for in 2011.
We will also name 22 top free agents that we project to return to their old team from 2010. Please note that as of this writing, we don't know yet how the terms of the new CBA will impact or change the free agency status of all of the following players.
If you think a player is a top free agent, but their name does not appear on this slideshow, feel free to include his name and your projection on where you think he will play in 2011.