Predicting the NFL Holdouts of 2014

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Predicting the NFL Holdouts of 2014
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The start of the 2014 NFL year is quickly approaching, which means that free agency and the draft is not far away.

For the die-hard football fan, this can be a very exciting time of year as it brings the excitement of the unexpected. 

For NFL front office personnel, however, this uncertain time of year can also be a major headache as it inevitably brings about the potential for contract holdouts.

It seems that every year at least one high-profile player decides to stand up to his team in pursuit of a contract upgrade or a change of scenery. While not every situation is the same, the threat levied by the involved player is usually the same. He will not play until his demands are met.

While trying to predict this year's crop of contract holdouts is far from a sure thing, a look at some veteran situations around the league can allow us to make an educated guess.

Players likely to hold out are typically those entering the final year of their contract, those who are eligible for contract renegotiation following the first three years of a rookie deal or those likely to receive the one-year franchise tag.

Over the next few pages, we will examine some of the players who could threaten to hold out over the coming months. 


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