With the ratification of a new CBA just on the horizon, it looks as though we will finally see the end of this long and arduous lockout.
Though fans, players, coaches and owners alike have been tormented by the events of the last four months, nobody has suffered more than the players whose status is in limbo.
Here are 10 players who do not have that luxury and security. These guys want the lockout over NOW.
It is rare to see a young player have an offseason with as much drama as Dez Bryant has encountered. From being ripped in the media for paying for 20k in champagne during a work stoppage, to being thrown out of a mall for disorderly conduct, Bryant has not been having fun since the 2010 season ended.
Bryant is admittedly a young and very immature player, which is usually offset by the structure brought on by offseason workouts. Perhaps because there were none, Bryant got himself in all kinds of trouble, and probably would like nothing better than to just get back to playing football so people stop talking about him.
If there were ever a young player in need of a fresh start, it is Dez Bryant.
Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan were like a couple of catty sorority girls last season. Since the coach is the big dog, and Donovan is the new kid on the block, it is no secret who came out on top in that feud.
John Beck has already been presumed the starting quarterback, so it is safe to assume that the former Eagle will soon be a former Redskin as well.
McNabb still has some juice left in the tank, and he is likely chomping at the bit to offer his services to another team in need of a veteran quarterback.
Another Redskin on his way out of town, HaynesworthLESS might be the only person who wants to escape the capital more than McNabb.
Fat Albert has no favor with the coach, fans, his teammates, or the organization, and he is looking forward to finding another team to sucker in and get to overpay him.
If he finds a team that is.
With the drafting of Jake Locker, the Titans pretty much have said goodbye to Vince Young. The lockout is preventing him from knowing if he will either be kept on in a mentor capacity for Locker, or if he will get dumped to go find a new home.
Young has plenty of talent, and he is sure to want a release or trade so he can try to bloom in a new system with a fresh start. He will definitely have takers, and sitting around at home waiting to find out would drive anyone nuts.
Rest assured, Vince Young is awaiting the new deal with bated breath.
DeAngelo Williams is an enigma at this time. Given his recent drop in production and the generally short life span of NFL running backs, many must be wondering if he has anything left in the tank.
He is still young, and therefore probably eager to prove that he can still contribute to an offensive attack. Given that the Panthers are in rebuilding mode, they are likely to let the free agent walk and sign with somebody else.
Here is a player who is on the other side of the equation. Nnamdi Asomugha can't wait for the lockout to end, because he has a huge payday coming.
He is either about to get signed to a needy team for a massive sum of money, or go to a contender for maybe a little less. Who wouldn't be excited to get things rolling in his position?
Kyle Orton is stuck in limbo about as much as any starting quarterback can be. He SHOULD remain the starter in Denver at least for now, but he must want to know if he will be supplanted by fan-favorite Tim Tebow or not.
There are plenty of teams that will be clamoring at Denver's door for Orton's services should they go with Tebow, and I'm sure nobody wants to know how that will play out more than Orton.
Carson Palmer was one noisy little baby before the work stoppage. Eerily similar in behavior to a preschooler, Palmer threatened to retire from the NFL if the Bengals didn't release or trade him before the 2011 season.
Bengals owner Mike Brown has persistently said he will not grant Palmer his wish, but it is very easy to be absolute when there is no football at all. When the new deal is ratified, Brown may realize that he is better off getting something for Palmer as opposed to letting him walk.
Palmer must be itching to find out. With all that money in the bank, he can just retire to an island somewhere. Or he can keep playing. It's his call once football eventually returns.
The idiot who put the gun in his sweatpants? Yeah that guy. As it has already been established that he will not be returning to the Giants, Burress must be eager to get back to football and repair his image.
He has had two years to do nothing but work out, so the 6'6'' receiver is going to have his share of takers (IE: Chicago), but he must be tired of the anticipation. Like everyone else, Burress is waiting to get back to football, even more so due to the fact that he has been waiting two extra years.
Kevin Kolb has wanted out of Philly since the end of the 2010 regular season. He never got the starting role like he wanted, and has already been promised that the Eagles will take care of him, making him the hottest item on this year's trade market.
There is a plethora of teams just waiting to make offers for Kolb, and he must be as anxious as any of his suitors to see how this plays out.
(Look for him to end up in Arizona relatively quickly)