With one year left on their contracts, players throughout the NFL can feel some pressure to produce in order to earn their next contract.
If recent history is any indication, someone is going to be the highest-paid player at their position next offseason, and it will likely be a result of a stellar performance in the 2013 season—if not also from year's past.
Players slapped with the franchise tag are looking for long-term deals, but their talents are already being rewarded with contracts that put each of those eight franchised players among the top-five base salaries at their position for the 2013 season.
Whether it's a player in the final year of his rookie deal or a veteran trying to earn one last big paycheck, a solid campaign in 2013 likely means a solid contract in 2014 for these soon-to-be free-agents.
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