We’re less than a week into the 2013 NFL free agency period.
So it’s only natural that we start discussing the league’s free agent class of 2014?
Here’s a look at just a smattering of some big names that are playing in the final year of their first or latest contracts. We limited this list to a not-so-dirty dozen.
Now, we’re perfectly aware of the fact that there are eight players out there who were franchised and given one-year tenders. And to date, three of those players (Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer and Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson) have signed their tenders. This list won’t include any of those eight players that could possibly sign a long-term deal.
There are also a number of veterans who were unrestricted free agents this offseason and just re-upped with one-year deals. We’re going to omit them as well for the sake of avoiding 2013 free agency deja vu.
But one look at the following 12 players and it’s easy to see why they were the choice here. And who knows, by the time the regular season rolls around in September, some or all may have secured future deals.
All free agent and financial information for the players in this piece comes courtesy of www.spotrac.com.