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2014 Contract Players

A list of NFL offensive players that will be free agents in 2014

For many reasons, NFL players step up their game as they enter a contract year. With the chance to become an NFL free agent after the coming regular (and hopefully playoff) schedule, players try and put up as good of a personal performance as possible in the hopes of landing a starting job with their current or next team, a big contract, salary or signing bonus, or all of the above. With the NFL constantly in flux as far as personnel, the opportunity of landing a big contract that can set a player for life may only happen once.

For some of these reasons, fantasy football fans would love to know what players are potentially poised for a big year in the hopes of a "Show Me the Money" offseason. With that in mind, here is a list of the skill position players that will be free agents come next March. The tables for each position show which players are higher end players (highlighted) as well as those that will be restricted free agents (RFA) or exclusive rights free agents (ERFA). Those that are neither RFAs nor ERFAs are free to sign with any team in 2014.

Quarterbacks

NFL quarterbacks can last forever -- just ask Peyton Manning. Take note of two big names on the QB potential free agent list -- Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler. Both are starters this year and considered Top 20 quarterbacks (or better). Big seasons will likely earn both of them the Franchise Tag from Atlanta and Chicago, respectively, so that their clubs hold on to a franchise quarterback for at least one more year. Two other relatively big names (Michael Vick, Josh Freeman) could greatly boost their 2014 prospects with a big season this fall.

Pos
Free Agent Quarterback
Team
Status
QB
ARI
 
QB
ATL
 
QB
Caleb Hanie
BAL
 
QB
Aaron Corp
BUF
ERFA
QB
Jimmy Clausen
CAR
RFA
QB
Derek Anderson
CAR
 
QB
CHI
 
QB
Josh McCown
CHI
 
QB
CIN
 
QB
Thaddeus Lewis
CLE
RFA
QB
DET
 
QB
GB
RFA
QB
JAC
 
QB
Pat Devlin
MIA
ERFA
QB
McLeod Bethel-Thompson
MIN
ERFA
QB
MIN
 
QB
Joe Webb
MIN
 
QB
Luke McCown
NO
 
QB
Seneca Wallace
NO
 
QB
David Carr
NYG
 
QB
Curtis Painter
NYG
 
QB
Matt Simms
NYJ
ERFA
QB
NYJ
 
QB
PHI
 
QB
John Parker Wilson
PIT
 
QB
Charlie Whitehurst
SD
 
QB
Brady Quinn
SD
 
QB
SEA
 
QB
SF
RFA
QB
Scott Tolzien
SF
RFA
QB
TB
 
QB
Dan Orlovsky
TB
 
QB
Rusty Smith
TEN
 
QB
Jonathan Crompton
WAS
RFA
QB
Rex Grossman
WAS
 
QB
Pat White
WAS
 

Running Backs

Running backs often get one shot at a big contract, as the position is extremely physical and many NFL rushers do not last beyond their initial rookie contracts. To get to free agency can be quite a financial boon -- just ask Michael Turner.

Here is a list of the bigger names at tailback that are potential free agents for the next offseason. Keep in mind that some of them may get the Franchise Tag and be retained by their team -- but they will still get top dollar at their position.

Some names of note to see on this list are Rashard Mendenhall (probable starter in Arizona), Ahmad Bradshaw (likely the top back for the Colts), Maurice Jones-Drew (feature rusher for Jacksonville) and Darren McFadden (top tailback for Oakland). All four have plenty of reasons to play well and prove to everyone that they are worth a big contract, especially McFadden. A big year with the Raiders will likely make him the top free agent running back next March.

Ben Tate, Toby Gerhart, and Marcel Reece all could have opportunities to shine either as backs in roles or committees, or even as a starter if the other top RB on their teams gets injured. Both Jonathan Dywer and Isaac Redman are poised to fill in with the Steelers if rookie Le’Veon Bell fails to step up as a featured back. Keep all of these rushers in mind as well if you are looking for upside.

Pos
Free Agent Running Back
Team
Status
RB
William Powell
ARI
ERFA
RB
Alfonso Smith
ARI
ERFA
RB
ARI
 
RB
Damien Berry
BAL
ERFA
RB
Lonyae Miller
BAL
ERFA
RB
Anthony Allen
BAL
RFA
RB
Tashard Choice
BUF
 
RB
Richie Brockel
CAR
RFA
RB
Harvey Unga
CHI
ERFA
RB
Armando Allen
CHI
RFA
RB
John Conner
CIN
 
RB
CIN
 
RB
Chris Pressley
CIN
 
RB
CLE
 
RB
Chris Ogbonnaya
CLE
 
RB
Phillip Tanner
DAL
RFA
RB
Lawrence Vickers
DAL
 
RB
Mario Fannin
DEN
ERFA
RB
Jeremiah Johnson
DEN
ERFA
RB
Lance Ball
DEN
 
RB
Jacob Hester
DEN
 
RB
DET
RFA
RB
GB
RFA
RB
John Kuhn
GB
 
RB
Tyler Clutts
HOU
RFA
RB
Greg Jones
HOU
 
RB
HOU
 
RB
IND
 
RB
IND
 
RB
Johnathan Grimes
JAC
ERFA
RB
Richard Murphy
JAC
ERFA
RB
Will Ta’ufo’ou
JAC
ERFA
RB
Jordan Todman
JAC
RFA
RB
JAC
 
RB
Patrick DiMarco
KC
ERFA
RB
KC
ERFA
RB
KC
 
RB
Ryan Mahaffey
MIA
 
RB
MIN
RFA
RB
Leon Washington
NE
 
RB
NE
 
RB
Henry Hynoski
NYG
RFA
RB
NYG
 
RB
Ryan Torain
NYG
 
RB
John Griffin
NYJ
ERFA
RB
Lex Hilliard
NYJ
 
RB
NYJ
 
RB
Jamize Olawale
OAK
ERFA
RB
Jeremy Stewart
OAK
 
RB
OAK
 
RB
OAK
 
RB
PHI
 
RB
PIT
 
RB
Issac Redman
PIT
 
RB
PIT
 
RB
SD
 
RB
Tyrell Sutton
SEA
 
RB
Jerrod Johnson
SEA
 
RB
Anthony Dixon
SF
 
RB
Brian Leonard
TB
 
RB
Herb Donaldson
TEN
RFA
RB
Darren Evans
TEN
RFA
RB
Darius Reynaud
TEN
 
RB
Tristan Davis
WAS
ERFA
RB
Keiland Williams
WAS
 
FB
Frank Summers
BUF
 
FB
CIN
 
FB
Shaun Chapas
DET
ERFA
FB
Matt Asiata
MIN
ERFA
FB
Tony Fiammetta
NE
 
FB
OAK
 
FB
Jon Hoese
OAK
ERFA
FB
David Johnson
PIT
 
FB
Chris Gronkowski
SD
 
FB
Michael Robinson
SEA
 
FB
Erik Lorig
TB
 

Wide Receivers

The NFL is a pass-happy league now, and wide receivers are reaping much of the benefit. Many wideouts are now topping 80 catches and 1,000 years, so big seasons are out there to be had for top talent.

Some names of note to see on this list are Eric Decker, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy Maclin and Kenny Britt, among many others. Cruz and Nicks are both looking for big deals before September if not by March. Maclin, Decker and Britt will headline a 2014 free agent wide receiver pool with big efforts, as will Emmanuel Sanders and Danario Alexander. With so many top wideouts that could hit the open market next Spring, big efforts should be out there this season for many of these high end targets.

Pos
Free Agent Wide Receiver
Team
Status
WR
Kerry Taylor
ARI
ERFA
WR
ARI
 
WR
Robert Gill
ARI
 
WR
Jarett Dillard
ARI
 
WR
Kevin Cone
ATL
ERFA
WR
Drew Davis
ATL
ERFA
WR
Tori Gurley
BAL
ERFA
WR
LaQuan Williams
BAL
RFA
WR
BAL
 
WR
Chris Hogan
BUF
ERFA
WR
Darvin Adams
CAR
RFA
WR
Armanti Edwards
CAR
RFA
WR
CAR
RFA
WR
David Gettis
CAR
 
WR
Ted Ginn Jr.
CAR
 
WR
CAR
 
WR
Joseph Anderson
CHI
ERFA
WR
Devin Hester
CHI
 
WR
CIN
RFA
WR
Dane Sanzenbacher
CIN
RFA
WR
Brandon Tate
CIN
 
WR
Josh Cooper
CLE
ERFA
WR
CLE
 
WR
Jordan Norwood
CLE
RFA
WR
Anthony Armstrong
DAL
 
WR
Greg Orton
DEN
ERFA
WR
Mark Dell
DEN
RFA
WR
DEN
 
WR
Andre Caldwell
DEN
 
WR
Kris Durham
DET
RFA
WR
Kassim Osgood
DET
 
WR
Brian Robiskie
DET
 
WR
Devin Thomas
DET
 
WR
GB
 
WR
Sederrik Cunningham
GB
 
WR
Lestar Jean
HOU
RFA
WR
Mike Brown
JAC
ERFA
WR
Toney Clemons
JAC
ERFA
WR
Jerrell Jackson
JAC
ERFA
WR
Taylor Price
JAC
 
WR
Isaiah Stanback
JAC
 
WR
Josh Bellamy
KC
ERFA
WR
Jamar Newsome
KC
ERFA
WR
Tyler Shoemaker
KC
ERFA
WR
Mardy Gilyard
KC
RFA
WR
Terrance Copper
KC
 
WR
IND
 
WR
Armon Binns
MIA
ERFA
WR
MIN
 
WR
Kamar Aiken
NE
ERFA
WR
Michael Jenkins
NE
 
WR
NE
 
WR
Joseph Morgan
NO
RFA
WR
Preston Parker
NO
RFA
WR
Courtney Roby
NO
 
WR
Ramses Barden
NYG
 
WR
NYG
 
WR
NYG
 
WR
Louis Murphy
NYG
 
WR
Emmanuel Arceneaux
NYJ
ERFA
WR
Joe Collins
NYJ
ERFA
WR
Vidal Hazelton
NYJ
ERFA
WR
Royce Pollard
NYJ
ERFA
WR
Titus Ryan
NYJ
ERFA
WR
Jordan White
NYJ
ERFA
WR
Thomas Mayo
NYJ
RFA
WR
Joshua Cribbs
OAK
 
WR
Tray Session
OAK
ERFA
WR
Isaiah Williams
OAK
ERFA
WR
OAK
 
WR
PHI
 
WR
Riley Cooper
PHI
 
WR
David Gilreath
PIT
ERFA
WR
Plaxico Burress
PIT
 
WR
Jerricho Cotchery
PIT
 
WR
PIT
 
WR
Richard Goodman
SD
RFA
WR
SD
 
WR
Deon Butler
SD
 
WR
SEA
RFA
WR
Charly Martin
SEA
RFA
WR
SEA
 
WR
Joe Hastings
SF
ERFA
WR
Dontavia Bogan
SF
RFA
WR
Chad Hall
SF
RFA
WR
SF
 
WR
SF
 
WR
Marlon Moore
SF
 
WR
SF
 
WR
Chris Owusu
TB
ERFA
WR
TB
 
WR
Tiquan Underwood
TB
 
WR
Michael Preston
TEN
ERFA
WR
Marcus Harris
TEN
RFA
WR
TEN
 
WR
Marc Mariani
TEN
 
WR
Kevin Walter
TEN
 
WR
Damian Williams
TEN
 
WR
Aldrick Robinson
WAS
ERFA
WR
Dezmon Briscoe
WAS
 
WR
WAS
 
WR
WAS
 

Tight Ends

Tight ends are getting more and more valuable as teams incorporate at least one, if not two, in their modern passing games. Jimmy Graham headlines this list, and Brandon Myers is another tight end to watch if he has a big year with the Giants. Fred Davis is an interesting name, as he has had issues with the NFL drug policy, but a big year with quarterback Robert Griffin III could make Davis a very hot commodity in March. Dustin Keller is another name to watch on this list as a big season in Miami -- or even a reasonable one -- will have other teams interested in him for next year and beyond. Baltimore has two big names in Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta who could see big spikes in value for next season as well.

Pos
Free Agent Wide Receiver
Team
Status
TE
Jim Dray
ARI
 
TE
ARI
 
TE
Alex Gottlieb
ARI
 
TE
Kory Sperry
ARI
 
TE
Tommy Gallarda
ATL
ERFA
TE
ATL
 
TE
Chase Coffman
ATL
 
TE
BAL
 
TE
BAL
 
TE
Mike Caussin
BUF
RFA
TE
Dorin Dickerson
BUF
RFA
TE
BUF
 
TE
Ben Hartsock
CAR
 
TE
Kyle Adams
CHI
RFA
TE
Fendi Onobun
CHI
RFA
TE
Brody Eldridge
CHI
 
TE
CIN
 
TE
Brad Smelley
CLE
ERFA
TE
CLE
 
TE
DET
 
TE
DET
 
TE
GB
 
TE
GB
 
TE
Matthew Mulligan
GB
 
TE
HOU
 
TE
Weslye Saunders
IND
RFA
TE
Allen Reisner
JAC
RFA
TE
KC
 
TE
MIA
 
TE
Michael Hoomanawanui
NE
 
TE
Michael Higgins
NO
ERFA
TE
Jed Collins
NO
RFA
TE
NO
 
TE
NYG
 
TE
Bear Pascoe
NYG
 
TE
NYJ
 
TE
NYJ
ERFA
TE
Kellen Winslow
NYJ
 
TE
Mickey Shuler
OAK
ERFA
TE
PHI
 
TE
Evan Moore
PHI
 
TE
Jamie McCoy
PIT
ERFA
TE
Zack Pianalto
PIT
ERFA
TE
David Johnson
PIT
 
TE
PIT
 
TE
SEA
 
TE
Chris Blohm
SF
 
TE
Mike McNeill
STL
RFA
TE
Nate Byham
TB
RFA
TE
TB
 
TE
Konrad Reuland
TE
ERFA
TE
TEN
ERFA
TE
WAS
 

Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to pasquino@footballguys.com.


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