NFL Players Who Must Show Up Big in Contract Years

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NFL Players Who Must Show Up Big in Contract Years
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson (right) have some big decisions to make...soon.

The 2013 NFL season has yet to begin, but we’re taking this time to look at what the ramifications of that season will be for some notable players.

Yes, it’s the dreaded contract year.

We’re not predicting that any of the 12 players listed will be signed or not re-signed, and each player’s situation is obviously different. But the one similarity is that their current contracts (or possible contracts) will expire following next season and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for these performers.

For the sake of common sense, we’ve excluded potential unrestricted free agents such as Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (among others) as the likelihood of these players hitting the open market next year is remote. And in case you are wondering, the following list is in alphabetical order by team.

Per usual, all contract information for the players in this piece comes courtesy of the outstanding work done by Spotrac. And a special thanks to Pro Football Focus (subscription required) for their outstanding statistical breakdowns and analysis.

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