There are no guarantees in this NFL—especially when it relates to contracts.
Sure, there's guaranteed money doled out every offseason. There are also players like Darrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers who go from being highly paid to highly available, like this past one.
We take a look at five of the biggest financial decisions that must be made by teams and their players before the 2014 season. Our group contains the top players who are still unsigned (Jimmy Graham), potentially holding out (Vernon Davis), rumored to be considering retirement (Marshawn Lynch), cap-strapping their team (Ndamukong Suh) and stuck in a roster numbers game (BenJarvus Green-Ellis).
We could go on and on about the big dollars awaiting the 2015 free-agent class, especially quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, who stand to earn $24-25 million annually, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter. That is a feature for another day. Those teams have another season to weigh the value of those players if they don't choose to sign them beforehand.
The five above have far more pressing contract issues weighing on their teams before this season begins. We break them down in depth here.