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2011 player movement tracker

Senior Fantasy Writer

There are two kinds of Fantasy Football owners: Those who stay on top of the news all year long, and those who wake up the day of their draft and pretend to have a clue as to who plays on which team.

Clearly, you're the former -- you want to know where the top Fantasy-relevant players are headed. So we've devised this sortable chart that will track the movement of relevant Fantasy players this offseason.

As you might have heard, there is no labor agreement between the NFL's owners and players after the 2010 season. Because of this, there is uncertainty as to how free agency will work under a new agreement.

Last offseason, only free agents who had six or more years of service were unrestricted. Free agents with three-to-five years of service were restricted, and all others were exclusive-rights free agents. Because of the labor uncertainty, we labeled the years of service each restricted free agent has since some of them might not be restricted when a deal is reached.

Some additional free-agent notes:

UFA: Unrestricted Free Agent -- A player who can sign anywhere.*
RFA: Restricted Free Agent -- A player who can sign anywhere but original team can match offer or receive compensation from new team. (Compensation will be added upon announcement of team designations.)
EXFA: Exclusive Rights Free Agent -- A player who can only negotiate with current team.
FRAN: Franchised Player -- A player who is guaranteed a one-year deal from his original team at the average salary of the five highest-paid players at his position. If new team signs player, original team gets two first-round picks from new team as compensation.
TRAN: Transition Player -- A player who is guaranteed a one-year deal from his original team at the average salary of the 10e highest-paid players at his position. Original team receives no compensation if it doesn't match offer from new team.

*- released players also have this designation

Here's our list of players entering a contract year, and here's our list of overvalued players.

NFL Free Agents To Be (sortable)
Pos.Player'10 teamStatus as of '11 offseason
RBAddai, JosephINDRFA-5
KAkers, DavidPHITRAN
WRAmendola, DannySTLEXFA
LBAnderson, JamesCARRFA-5
WRAromashodu, DevinCHIRFA-5
DBAsomugha, NnamdiOAKUFA
DBAtogwe, OshiomoghoSTLTO REDSKINS
DLAvril, CliffDETRFA-3
DLBabin, JasonTENUFA
DBBabineaux, JordanSEAUFA
KBarth, ConnorTBRFA-3
RBBell, MikeCLERFA-5
RBBenson, CedricCINUFA
TEBoss, KevinNYGRFA-4
LBBradley, StewartPHIRFA-4
RBBradshaw, AhmadNYGRFA-4
WRBreaston, SteveARIRFA-4
QBBrohm, BrianBUFRFA-3
RBBrown, RonnieMIAUFA
KBryant, MattATLUFA
QBBulger, MarcBALUFA
LBBulluck, KeithNYGUFA
LBBurnett, KevinSDUFA
RBBush, MichaelOAKRFA-4
LBCarter, AndreWASUFA
WRClayton, MarkSTLUFA
QBClemens, KellenNYJUFA
RBCobbs, PatrickMIARFA-5
DLColeman, KenyonCLEUFA
QBCollins, KerryTENUFA
LBCooper, StephenSDUFA
DBCromartie, AntonioNYJRFA-5
KCrosby, MasonGBRFA-4
RBDarby, KennethSTLRFA-4
LBDavis, ThomasCARUFA
KDawson, PhilCLEFRAN
QBDixon, DennisPITRFA-3
WRDoucet, EarlyARIRFA-3
LBDumervil, ElvisDENUFA
WREdwards, BraylonNYJUFA
DLEdwards, RayMINRFA-5
QBEdwards, TrentJACRFA-4
DBElam, AbramCLERFA-5
DLEllis, ShaunNYJUFA
RBFaulk, KevinNEUFA
QBFavre, BrettMINUFA
TEFells, DanielSTLRFA-4
RBFelton, JeromeDETRFA-3
WRFloyd, MalcomSDRFA-5
KFolk, NickNYJRFA-4
RBFoster, ArianHOUEXFA
DBGoldson, DashonSFRFA-4
QBGradkowski, BruceOAKRFA-5
KGraham, ShayneNEUFA
RBGreen-Ellis, BenJarvusNERFA-3
LBGreenway, ChadMINFRAN
DBGrimes, BrentATLRFA-4
RBHamilton, LynellNORFA-3
DBHarper, RomanNORFA-5
LBHarris, DavidNYJFRAN
RBHarrison, JeromePHIRFA-5
RBHart, MikeINDRFA-3
KHartley, GarrettNORE-SIGNED
QBHasselbeck, MattSEAUFA
RBHightower, TimARIRFA-3
RBHilliard, LexMIARFA-3
WRHolmes, SantonioNYJRFA-5
WRHoushmandzadeh, T.J.BALUFA
DBHouston, ChrisDETRFA-4
RBJackson, BrandonGBRFA-4
DBJackson, TanardTBRFA-4
QBJackson, TarvarisMINRFA-5
WRJackson, VincentSDFRAN
DLJohnson, CharlesCARRFA-4
LBJones, DhaniCINUFA
WRJones, JacobyHOURFA-4
WRJones, JamesGBRFA-4
DBJoseph, JohnathanCINRFA-5
DLKiwanuka, MathiasNYGRFA-5
RBKuhn, JohnGBRFA-3
DBLandry, DawanBALRFA-5
QBLeftwich, ByronPITUFA
QBLeinart, MattHOURFA-5
KLongwell, RyanMINUFA
DBManning, DaniealCHIRFA-5
QBManning, PeytonINDFRAN
KMare, OlindoSEAUFA
RBMaroney, LaurenceDENRFA-5
DBMarshall, RichardDALRFA-5
LBMcClain, JameelBALRFA-3
RBMcClain, LeRonBALRFA-4
TEMcMichael, RandySDUFA
DBMikell, QuintinPHIRFA-5
TEMiller, ZachOAKRFA-4
WRMoore, LanceNORFA-5
QBMoore, MattCARRFA-4
RBMoore, MeweldePITUFA
RBMorris, SammyNEUFA
LBMorrison, KirkJACUFA
WRMoss, SantanaWASUFA
WRNaanee, LegeduSDUFA
RBNorwood, JeriousATLRFA-5
WROwens, TerrellCINUFA
DBPage, JarradNERFA-5
QBPennington, ChadMIAUFA
LBPeterson, MikeATLUFA
DBPollard, BernardHOURFA-5
RBPortis, ClintonWASUFA
LBPosluszny, PaulBUFRFA-4
KPrater, MattDENRFA-4
KRayner, DaveDETRFA-4
RBReece, MarcelOAKEXFA
KReed, JeffSFUFA
RBRhodes, DominicINDUFA
WRRice, SidneyMINRFA-4
WRRobinson, LaurentSTLRFA-4
LBRuud, BarrettTBUFA
LBSession, ClintINDRFA-4
DLSeymour, RichardOAKRE-SIGNED
WRSims-Walker, MikeJACRFA-4
QBSmith, AlexSFUFA
RBSmith, KevinDETRFA-3
WRSmith, SteveNYGRFA-4
QBSmith, TroySFRFA-4
RBSnelling, JasonATLRFA-4
LBSpikes, TakeoSFUFA
RBSproles, DarrenSDUFA
WRStallworth, DonteBALUFA
QBStanton, DrewDETRFA-4
WRStuckey, ChansiCLEUFA
KSuisham, ShaunPITUFA
RBTaylor, FredNEUFA
QBThigpen, TylerMIARFA-4
TEThomas, DavidNOUFA
RBTolbert, MikeSDRFA-3
LBTulloch, StephenTENRFA-5
KVinatieri, AdamINDUFA
LBVrabel, MikeKCUFA
DBWashington, FabianBALUFA
RBWashington, LeonSEARE-SIGNED
DBWeddle, EricSDRFA-4
WRWeems, EricATLRFA-3
RBWestbrook, BrianSFUFA
RBWilliams, CadillacTBUFA
RBWilliams, DeAngeloCARRFA-5
RBWilliams, RickyMIAUFA
LBWimbley, KamerionOAKRE-SIGNED
DBWright, EricCLERFA-4
DBZbikowski, TomBALRFA-3

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