The NFL draft smoke has cleared, OTAs are underway if not already completed and front-office types can now sit back and review their books.
That is bad news for some underperforming NFL veterans like Brandon Flowers or BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Meanwhile, a prime player like Jimmy Graham is doing his own hand-wringing for completely different reasons amid discussions—or a grievance—of a long-term contract.
Here, we'll break down the NFL's current stickiest contract situations, looking at players ranging anywhere from the great (Graham) and once-great (Eli Manning) to the mercurial (Ndamukong Suh), disappointed (Andre Johnson), disappointing (Sam Bradford) and publicly polarizing (Andy Dalton).
The nine players featured here are in the most tenuous positions of all with their teams and their contracts. For that reason, you will see a a veteran tight end like Vernon Davis represented by the San Francisco 49ers but not burgeoning star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is almost certainly not going anywhere and will get his due come negotiation time.