NFL Free Agents 2011: The 10 Players with the Highest Performance Expectations

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NFL Free Agents 2011: The 10 Players with the Highest Performance Expectations
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Free agents like Cullen Jenkins all received new contracts this offseason. But which will be held to higher standards?

Everybody has to deal with the everyday pressures of achieving success in everyday life.

Those pressures are exponentially higher when millions of dollars are involved.

The NFL free agent class has seen many contracts come and go in the first week plus. Certain free agents are already off the board, but hundreds still remain without a team. The sizes of the deals have ranged significantly from duration and especially in value of dollars.

How well teams did signing free agents could make or break the 2011 season. If a huge contract turns out to be a bust, it could set back a franchise years at that position. The window for winning is very small in the National Football League and that window tends to close very quickly.

This slideshow is to display those free agents who have the largest bull’s eyes on their backs.

Determine how high a player’s expectations for 2011 are based on multiple factors – player’s past seasons, influence, and certainly contract terms. Keep in mind this list is strictly for free agents, not players that have changed zip codes this offseason from trades.

And now, the top ten list of players who have the highest bar to clear in 2011:

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