When the 2011 NFL labor lockout ended, nobody knew for sure how everything was going to work out. There were some players that would be inconceivably still looking for work as we approached the end of preseason, like Pisa Tinoisamoa, Lofa Tatupu, Darren Sharper, Julian Peterson, Michael Lewis, Brian Finneran, Brandon Stokley and Ken Hamlin.
Then there are the players that are retired, semi-retired, or are still trying to rehab from injuries before they can be considered to sign. That group includes Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Channing Crowder and Carson Palmer. We also had players that wanted to come out of retirement like Tiki Barber, but his plans fizzled out quickly enough.
But then there are some free agent signings that were considered to be real surprises, whether it was due to a strange fit or a team with a surplus at a position, or because everybody thought that the player had hung up their helmets and cleats.
Today we look at the top 10 NFL free agent signings that are considered to be among the most surprising deals of the 2011 free agency period. On to the list.