The National Football League is one of the most known entities in not only the sports realm, but in all of entertainment. The sports league is at the top of the United States and despite many problems in recent years (domestic abuse, lack of communication from the top, cheating teams), continues to grow at a rapid speed. The league's championship game, the Super Bowl, is the biggest of the year across all platforms and the athletes that play the sport are some of the most known personalities in the world.
Many of these athletes are known for being incredible deals for their organization. Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks may be the greatest value in the history of sports, earning only $662,434 this season. While Wilson will get the money he deserves in the near future, there are hundreds of players that will be looking for the payday of a lifetime this offseason.
Among the players that will be looking to put a new jersey on next season and add to their banks account include quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker, and Michael Vick; running backs Ryan Mathews, Mark Ingram, and Stevan Ridley; fullbacks John Kuhn and Henry Hynoski; wide receivers, Torrey Smith, Michael Crabtree, and Jeremy Maclin; tight ends Jordan Cameron, Jermaine Gresham, and Charles Clay, and defensive stars like Jason Pierre-Paul, Greg Hardy, Brian Orapko, Nick Fairley, Brandon Spikes, Lance Briggs, Devin McCourty, Byron Maxwell, and Antrel Rolle.
These players have all done their best to this point in their careers to make a lot of money this offseason, but who are the top 10 upcoming NFL free agents?
10 10. Justin Forsett, Running Back
9 9. Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver
After just finishing his fourth professional NFL season, Randall Cobb is now an elite-level wide receiver. Lining up on the opposite side of Jordy Nelson will help any receiver put up big numbers, but what Cobb did this season was more than just cash in on having an easier matchup. He was targeted 127 times this season and made 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. After missing most of the 2013 season due to injury, his performance this season turned the heads of many NFL pundits and analysts and has made him one of the top free agents this offseason.
8 8. Julius Thomas, Tight End
7 7. Antonio Cromartie, Cornerback
6 6. Demaryius Thomas, Wide Receiver
5 5. Justin Houston, Outside Linebacker
4 4. Darrelle Revis, Cornerback
3 3. DeMarco Murray, Running Back
2 2. Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver
1 1. Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle
The top free agent on the market this season is the most intimidating player in the NFL today. Suh just completed the final year on his 5-year, $64 million rookie deal and the Detroit Lions were already faced with a $22 million cap hit this season. They won’t be able to afford the franchise tag, which would far exceed $25 million. With Suh’s contract being voided five days after the Super Bowl, the market for him will be an interesting one. Teams will have to decide if his incredible play (36 sacks in 78 games) is worth all the drama that his on-field antics have been known to create.
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