NFL Offseason: 6 Players Seeking Extensions
The start of June means that training camp is officially less than two months away.
While there are a handful of free agents still looking for employment, there are also a number of players looking to impress their current teams for a chance at raises in the near future.
As the 2010 NFL season quickly approaches, there are a number of players to keep an eye on as they seek new contracts.
Here are six players nearing the end of their rookie contracts who will be looking for deals sooner rather than later.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Throughout his career, DeSean Jackson has had his fair share of doubters who believed he would never succeed in the NFL.
With two years under his belt, it is safe to say he is capable of being an effective No. 1 wideout.
In his first two seasons, Jackson caught 124 passes for 2,068 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Last year, he became the first player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl at two different positions—wide receiver and a kick returner.
Despite his impressive numbers, the last two years of his rookie contract don't pay him the type of money a player of his caliber deserves.
He's scheduled to make $805,000 in 2010 (including bonuses) and $555,000 in 2011.
A rule in the current collective bargaining agreement, however, prevents the Eagles from increasing his base salary by more than 30 percent.
In other words, it would be difficult for Philadelphia to give Jackson the new deal he deserves without a new CBA.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Last season, Vernon Davis finally lived up to the hype, performing like the player many expected him to be when the 49ers selected him with the sixth pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
After hauling in 103 receptions for 1,132 yards and nine touchdowns in his first three seasons, Davis recorded his best year in 2009 with 78 receptions for 965 yards, and 13 touchdowns—all career highs.
Davis is entering the final season of a four-year rookie contract in which he will make $5.7 million.
He's hoping to eventually receive a long-term deal from the 49ers. If continues to play as well as he did last season, he'll get it.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
In his first two seasons, DeAngelo Williams started just two games with the Panthers.
But from 2008-09, he developed into one of the most dangerous running backs in the NFL, starting 29 games and rushing for a combined 2,632 yards and 25 touchdowns.
This season, Williams enters the final year of his five-year rookie contract and is set to make $2.1 million.
A long-term deal could be in place soon. Only time will tell whether or not Carolina makes the offer.
Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall, CBs, Cincinnati Bengals
In 2009, Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall proved to be among the best cornerback duos in the NFL.
They each recorded six interceptions, helping Mike Zimmer and the Bengals finish fourth in total defense.
Joseph and Hall have a lot in common besides playing the same position for the Bengals.
They were both chosen in the first round by Cincinnati—Joseph in 2006 and Hall in 2007.
While Hall has two years remaining on his rookie contract and is expected to make $995,000 in 2010, Joseph could become a free agent after this year and will make $885,000.
The Bengals would love to keep both players in Cincinnati if possible, but that could be a little more difficult (and expensive) than it seems.
Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Sidney Rice is a guy who started just seven career games prior to the 2009 season.
In his first two seasons with the Vikings, he hauled in 46 receptions for 537 yards and eight touchdowns.
Now, Rice appears to be on the verge of a big payday after proving to be one of the NFL's most dangerous wide receivers in 2009.
His height made him a valuable option for Brett Favre and the Vikings offense, as he finished last season with 83 receptions for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.
Rice is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $550,000 in 2010.
He has proven to be a reliable No. 1 wideout, and should certainly be paid like one.