As the NFL lockout slowly edges towards a conclusion, we can begin to contemplate what the free agency landscape will look like once the new collective bargaining agreement is struck. Sources close to the talks have indicated that free agents with four or more years of accrued service in the league will become unrestricted. This is significant because it places a large number of excellent young players on the market.
It has also emerged that the salary cap floor is expected to be raised. A large number of teams will be forced to spend money this offseason in order to meet this figure. It looks likely that there will be a one week window once we have the collective bargaining agreement in place to allow teams to sign free agents before training camp begins.
This promises to be both an especially frenetic period for all NFL teams and a very interesting one for the fans. All teams will be scrambling to improve their team as much as possible in this limited period. The top players on the market figure to have considerable leverage in all of this. With this in mind, we take a look at where some of them might land.