With three players signing $70+ million dollar contracts just last week, it should come as no surprise that NFL contracts keep getting bigger (and bigger…and bigger). As the juggernaut that is the National Football League keeps growing in popularity (both at home in America and abroad), fans are finding that owners have plenty of cash to throw around for the athletes who compete weekly to provide quality entertainment. With that in mind, we here at Goliath have assembled a list of 10 players eligible for free agency after the upcoming 2015-2016 NFL season who should (catastrophe aside) be due for major paydays heading into free agency.
10. Marshal Yanda – OG, Baltimore Ravens
While offensive line may not be the sexiest position in the NFL, it’s certainly one of the most important. In recent years, NFL owners have begun to pay attention to that, handing out massive contracts to unheralded tackles and guards in an effort to protect their star quarterbacks and running backs. It’s in this new financial climate that Marshal Yanda, one of the best guards in the NFL, is entering free agency. With as consistent a track record as any lineman in the league, Yanda will be looking for a deal similar to the one handed to former San Francisco 49er Mike Iupati, who received a five year/$40 million contract this off-season.