Who Has the Leverage in Every Big Contract Dispute This Offseason?

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Who Has the Leverage in Every Big Contract Dispute This Offseason?
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NFL contracts are all about leverage.

Just look at Joe Flacco. A year ago, would you have guessed he would be the second-highest-paid player in the NFL? He happened to catch fire like the Human Torch during the playoffs en route to a championship.

Naturally, the leverage was all his this offseason, and the Ravens had little choice but to give him a massive contract or risk seeing their franchise quarterback walk.

Who has the leverage in contract negotiations this offseason? There is no real danger of a holdout this season—Darrelle Revis did sign a new contract with the Buccaneers—but these are players who might be playing on one-year deals thanks to the franchise tag or expiring contracts.

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