Comments: Contract Year Player talk
Money may indeed be the root of all evil, but it is also one heck of a motivator. That is particularly true for those short-shelf-life NFL players.
There are the fortunate few who will play their entire careers with fat and lucrative contracts, like Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. For the gridiron masses, the scary proposition of becoming a cap casualty in a non-guarantee salary pro football world lingers. That's why when the opportunity for a payday strikes, there is at least a belief that some step up more than usual.
After more stumbling than rumbling during his closing stretch in Buffalo, Marshawn Lynch's career came to a crossroads when he landed with Seattle in 2011. The Skittles-munching power back then rushed for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns and the Seahawks ponied up with lucrative four-year deal.
Ahmad Bradshaw parlayed a massive 2010 season into his own four-year contract for $18millon with half the money guaranteed. After two injury-plagued seasons, he is trying to work his way back to big payday status on a one-year deal with the Colts.
Greg Jennings went from Green Bay to Minnesota this offseason, lured by a $47 million deal with $18 million guaranteed. That is certainly a healthy payday, but if the two-time Pro Bowl receiver had not missed half the season with an abdominal injury, the deal might have been substantially more (and perhaps with a better quarterback).
Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco might seem like an obvious case, though his regular performance didn't scream $100 million dollar man. Martellus Bennett entered last season with the New York Giants wearing a sleeper tag, but he opened eyes with a robust, touchdown-scoring campaign. The Bears opened their wallets with a multi-year deal this offseason.
Proving a player rises to the financial occasion might seem apparent in individual cases, but hard to prove and for some, not actually true. Still, for those that acknowledge the powerful incentive, here are players to watch for the 2013 season.Players listed in this article:
- QB Jay Cutler, CHI
- RB Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX
- RB Darren McFadden, OAK
- WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG
- WR Golden Tate, SEA
- TE Jermichael Finley, GB
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