One 2014 Free Agent Each NFL Team Needs to Lock Up Right Away

« Prev
1 of 33
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
One 2014 Free Agent Each NFL Team Needs to Lock Up Right Away
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It’s never too soon for NFL teams to begin negotiating with their free-agents to be.

Dallas got a head start by locking up Tony Romo this offseason, as did the Green Bay Packers, who extended the contracts of Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.

Taking care of players before they hit free agency is the only sure-fire way to secure their services long-term. That doesn't eliminate risk from the equation, however.

By re-signing players under contract, teams run the risk that the player could decrease in value over the next season. Such was the case with Chris Johnson in Tennessee, who had his worse season in 2011 after signing a $53 million dollar extension.

However, sometimes the opposite can happen—just ask the Ravens how expensive negotiations can get when a player increases his value during the final year of his contract.

As of now, the 2014 free-agent class is stuffed to the gills with young talent: Matt Ryan, Ryan Clady, Geno Atkins, Anthony Spencer, Jimmy Graham, Brian Orakpo and Victor Cruz to name a few.

It’s unlikely more than two of those players will actually hit the market come next March. In most cases, preliminary negotiations are taking place, as both the players and the team would ideally like to settle on a number sooner rather than later to avoid a strew of inevitable distractions.

Here are the players each team needs to lock up before they hit the free-agent market.

Begin Slideshow »

Follow Seattle Seahawks from B/R on Facebook

Follow Seattle Seahawks from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Seattle Seahawks

Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.