With another NFL season approaching and the lockout (hopefully) coming down the home stretch, fans are anticipating an actual offseason, complete with free agency and all the hustle and bustle that goes with it.
While we anxiously wait for the lockout's last flame to be extinguished, let's take a look at 17 players who deserve more attention amid endless free agency speculation.
One of those players is Houston Texan Bernard Pollard, who is not oft-mentioned outside of the Texans realm despite fantastic numbers and solid (albeit inconsistent) overall play for the league's worst pass defense.
Each of these players has legitimate potential to be a force for any team that decides to reach out with an offer. However, they may be overshadowed or underrated.
Including Pollard, here are 17 free agents-to-be who deserve to be mentioned among the greats of this coming free agency cycle.