Five Contract-Year Players to Watch


Published: July 21, 2009

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... of their contracts tend to perform at a higher level than they do in non-contract years. The obvious reason for this is that players are looking to cash in on their next deal and are determined to take their game to a higher level in an effort to maximize their monetary value.

While many people have tried to debunk this notion, I’ll admit I’m one of the believers.

It isn’t that I believe players entering the final year of their contracts will play better; rather, I feel they will be more motivated, focused, and in better shape in the hopes of performing at the highest possible level.

Think about it. In a league where Bentleys, $30,000 watches, and "makin’ it rain" are the norm, wouldn’t you expect a player looking to land a new deal to show up focused and ready to play?

Remember, the average length of an NFL player’s career is 3.5 seasons, according to With such a small window of opportunity to capital...

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