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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The news bulletins will come fast and furious over the weekend as all 32 NFL teams sign a plethora of free agents to fill out their 2011-12 rosters. Probably faster than you can comprehend or at least keep track of.

Not to mention that Sunday is the major league baseball trade deadline for those who play both fantasy sports.

For football owners, we will finally get answers to some of the questions that have been nagging us throughout the lockout. At least those who were confident that there would actually be a season and were looking past all the lawyers and legal 'mumbo jumbo.'

Questions that can only be answered after rosters are completed and players are in camps, competing against one another.

Who will be the starting quarterback in Arizona, Carolina, Cincinnati, Denver, Miami, Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, Tennessee and Washington?

Is Kevin Kolb headed for Arizona, Seattle or some other exotic location?

What offensive line will Cedric Benson be running behind?

Will Jonathan Stewart be a top-10 fantasy running back as the only option in the Panthers' running attack?

The answer to this last one appears to be "we will never know" as the latest news coming out of Charlotte is that DeAngelo Williams has agreed to a five- year deal to stay with the Panthers. The result of which is that neither Williams nor Stewart will be a top-10 back as they "steal" carries, and touchdowns, from one another.

Will rookie running backs Daniel Thomas of Miami and Mark Ingram of the Saints be fantasy successes or failures?

Can either be the next Chris Johnson of 2008 (1,488 total yards, 10 TDs) or will they stumble through their first season as 2010 rookie Ryan Mathews did, upsetting fantasy owners from coast-to-coast?

Mathews' meteoric rise in draft position last season had him as a second-round pick (ADP 19.5) by the end of August, but injuries left him producing just 823 yards and seven touchdowns while providing an opportunity for Mike Tolbert to shine. Tolbert ran for 735 yards and 11 scores and the position became a RBBC to the disappointment of Mathews' fantasy owners.

It all begins today with training camps opening for 10 teams. Management can sign their drafted rookies and undrafted free agents as well. Thursday will see the release of veterans and then the "real" free-for-all begins on Friday when the signing of veterans start.

It should be a wild ride, but by next week we should have a much clearer view of the landscape. It's at that time that we will reveal the Sports Network's 2011-12 fantasy football player rankings.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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