It’s never too early to begin looking forward. We’ll take a look at the top NFL players entering contract years in 2014, setting themselves up for a possible run at the free agent market in 2015. In addition, we’ll note the players who had their 5th-year options exercised, making them possible candidates for long-term extensions in the coming months.
Top Expiring Offensive Contracts
Clearly the wide receivers are the class of this group, with a number of young, dominant superstars all nearing the end of the deals in parallel. It’s possible that many are given contract extensions this offseason – though some may enter the season without one. The Chiefs and Alex Smith still appear far apart in their negotiations, making 2014 a very interesting season in Kansas City. The same can be said for Jimmy Graham and the Saints. It’s highly likely this marriage splits after the 2014 season, making Graham potentially the most talented player in the 2015 free agent class.
Top Expiring Defensive Contracts
Plenty of big men lead the 2015 free agent class currently, including names like Suh, McCoy, and Hardy. But with extensions likely forthcoming for all, Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston may be the cream of this crop when it’s all said and done. While Darrelle Revis is technically on the books with the Patriots for 2015 – it comes with an obsurd cap figure of $25 million. It’s likely a strong start to his 2014 brings a long-term restructured extension between the two.
Players 5th-Year Optioned for 2015
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