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The following stars are dark horses to land new contracts this preseason.
Whether it is an impasse, a wait-and-see approach from one side or the other or the notion that a fifth-year option means both sides will wait until this time next year, a contract seems unlikely.
Then again, crazier things have happened.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions
Are the Detroit Lions sick of Ndamukong Suh?
Possibly, especially with the news that the front office is willing to let him hit free agency, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Perhaps they just understand that they are in a lose-lose situation, as CBS Sports' Joel Corry details:
Suh has leverage in discussions with Detroit about a new deal thanks to a $22,412,500 cap number, which makes it virtually impossible to use a franchise tag on him in 2015 at $26.87 million (based on 120 percent of his 2014 cap number).
Again, it seems unlikely. But who knows what can happen when the two sides sit down?
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals picked up A.J. Green's fifth-year option, something the Georgia product is happy about.
"It's a good thing they picked it up," he said, smiling, per ESPN.com's Coley Harvey. "It would have been a bad thing if they didn't."
That seems to be the end of it, but remember, the Bengals have been proactive in recent years with this sort of thing. Andrew Whitworth, Leon Hall, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins have been gifted extensions as of late, so a new deal for the best player on the team is not impossible.
Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos
In perhaps the most obvious move of the offseason, the Denver Broncos picked up Von Miller's option.
Miller is one of the best in the business at what he does and will get his at some point, but last season was marred by a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and a torn ACL.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton has been adamant in his approach to a new deal.
"For me, that's the last thing on my mind," Newton said, via ESPN.com's David Newton. "The first thing is trying to get little anky right. I'm not worried about no money. I'm not worried about things I can't control."
Carolina does find itself in a rather iffy cap situation, but a move to lock up one of the best in the league and a beloved figure for a small-market team should not come as a shock, no matter how professionally both sides have managed the situation to this point.