The 2014 NFL offseason is officially in the books, as mandatory minicamps are wrapping up this week. With training camp coming up in July, there is plenty of time to analyze roster storylines and positional battles, but once the season starts, the focus will be on the weekly games.
Since we have some time, let’s talk about players who are entering their contract year and poised to have massive success before they get paid.
With the NFL salary cap expected to jump to $140 million next year, young NFL stars will have an opportunity to sign contracts that will serve as the new benchmark for future stars to exceed.
For this article, I only put two restrictions on the players chosen. The first is that players who signed a massive rookie contract under the old collective bargaining agreement aren’t eligible. This disqualified Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
The second restriction is that only players who are hitting free agency for the first time were selected. This disqualified Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds and New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.
The 2015 NFL free-agent class is deep, so if I didn’t mention anyone, please leave a comment and we can discuss it more in-depth.