What do Drew Brees, Ray Rice, and Calais Campbell have in common?
At the end of the 2011 season, they will all be free agents.
It is a fact of the NFL that players work on contracts that will eventually expire. In some cases that’s not a bad thing. Perhaps the player was making too much or too little compared to his contributions on the field. Maybe he’s just not a good fit for the team.
In other cases, an expiring contract can be a source of drama and woe for everyone involved. In these situations, it often happens that a player is being paid less than he is worth, but the team would be hard-pressed to pony up the cash he deserves for a new contract.
There are some players that will never receive the big payday they feel they deserve from any team in the NFL. Then there are others who are simply too good for any team to pass up on—whether it is that player’s current team or some other team in need of talent at that position.
Over the next 13 slides, we will take a look at a representative sample the second type of player. These are the guys who are too good to pass up on, no matter what the price: They will always find themselves in a seller’s market for their services.