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10 NFL Stars Outplaying Their Contract
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With the 2013 NFL regular season now firmly in the rear view, it is a perfect time to take a look back at some of the league's more financially-friendly superstars.

We're talking about the guys who produced big on the field this season, but who still present tremendous value based on their current contract. We're talking about those select few who could request a pay raise in the near future and be completely justified in doing so.

Pay can vary greatly in the NFL, often based on position, tenure, past performance or draft status. Therefore, the criteria will be based on a few specific factors.

To make our list, a player must be in the league's top 10 at his respective position in at least one major statistical category (think passing touchdowns or field-goal percentage) or have been named to this year's Pro Bowl. 

The player cannot be one of the 25 highest-paid players at his respective position in terms of 2013 salary (based on total cap hit, which included bonuses).

The player's total contract value cannot be among the 10 highest at his respective position, which will help to exclude front-or back-loaded deals.

 

* All salary information via Spotrac.com

** All statistics via NFL.com

 

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