Talking about this offseason's NFL free agents used to hold little meaning, given, well, the NFL was in lockout mode and no players could be signed.
That, however, appears to have changed, with NFL Network's Albert Breer reporting on July 16 that a considerable amount of progress had been made in discussions between the players and the owners.
So much progress that the two sides agreed to stop holding negotiations face-to-face unless necessary, apparently content with working out the minor details of the new collective bargaining agreement via phone and email.
Breer tweeted that there was "virtually nothing" in the way of a new deal, and that negotiations could conclude as early as the week of July 18, meaning owners could vote on July 21 to put this whole lockout to an end.
That would mean free agency could legitimately resume by July 26.
And the feeding frenzy in the NFL which we have all come to know and love will be in full effect.
There's Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley and New York Jets Santonio Holmes (WR), Braylon Edwards (WR) and Antonio Cromartie.
Don't forget Kansas City Chiefs free agent linebacker Tamba Hali.
Or New England Patriots offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Matt Light.
Or Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins.
Some teams, like the defending world champion Packers and runner-up Steelers, have to restructure, but don't necessarily need a big bang going into the next season.
Other teams, who have plenty of money to spare but not enough wins, will likely go after some prime free agents.
Will Asomugha, one of the top cornerbacks in the game, find a home with the Houston Texans? Or New Orleans Saints?
Will Williams remain with the stumbling, bumbling Carolina Panthers, owners of a 2-12 record last season?
Who will the Jets place a priority on—Holmes, Edwards or Cromartie?
Thankfully here at Bleacher Report, us writers follow these things.
Follow along for a beat on where each free agent may land, and where they indeed end up.