Ah, the contract year. It’s the beacon of hope for NFL players pining for recognition and a chance at long-term security to take them through the next phase of their career. Many players attempt to take advantage of this potential lottery ticket and most fail to deliver.
But, there’s always a few who cash in, and we’ll frame those select few to keep an eye on in the 2014 season. We will focus on players who are eligible to become free agents next spring, even though several have been locked up so their teams didn’t have to risk financial competition from other teams – hello, Colin Kaepernick, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman!