The manner in which the Washington Redskins' front office handled the NFL-imposed $18 million salary cap penalty this offseason was a textbook example of money and personnel management in a league wrought with overpaid stars who underperform.
Having survived that financial hardship, the Redskins top brass may face a more daunting task next year as more than two dozen players, according to Spotrac.com, become unrestricted free agents at the completion of this season.
The team managed to make it through relatively unscathed in both this offseason and last year as they offered several players a restructured contract or negotiated a one-year contract in order to comply with the $36 million total penalty.
While some of these players enter their final year of a multi-year contract, others such as cornerback DeAngelo Hall and tight end Fred Davis, agreed to re-sign with the team this offseason by signing for a single season.
With the official start of Redskins training camp July 25, players will need to focus on their role with the team and their task at hand in game-by-game situations.
However, there is no denying the fact the players who face free agency in 2014 need to make a strong showing this season, realizing the need for a breakthrough performance and proving they are worth keeping.
In some cases, the player may find their performance this year is a make-or-break scenario when it comes time for roster re-evaluation this time next year.
In most, if not all, cases, these players need to have a banner year so their future with the team is not a question of "Should they return to the team?" but "How much will it take to keep them with the team?"
In the following slideshow are 10 of the most notable Redskins who need to prove their worth as they enter the final year of their contract—three on offense and seven on defense.
I have taken into account the competition at the player’s position, 2012 statistics and individual circumstances that may or may not affect the likelihood of their return.
All statistical information provided by ESPN.com.