With the back and forth bickering between the NFL and its players, the fans are the real victims in all of this. All we can do as fans, is sit...and wait for a new CBA to be ratified.
They made significant progress yesterday, with the owners agreeing to a new CBA, leaving the ball in the players' court now.
Whenever the new season does start, though, teams will only have a short time to build their rosters for training camp. 2011 Free Agency is expected (and I use that term loosely) to begin on Wednesday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. E.T. Teams will jump at the opportunity to sign big-name free agents.
The Minnesota Vikings have roughly 20 pending free agents on their roster. Of those 20 free agents, about five are considered "starters." Most notably, Wide Receiver Sidney Rice and Defensive End Ray Edwards, are two players who could strike it rich this offseason.
Minnesota will try to retain a few of them, but it looks like the 2011 Vikings will look significantly different than the 2010 Vikings.
Let's take a look at where those Minnesota's top five free agents will end up this offseason.