As many are looking ahead to the 2014 NFL season, agents and other representatives of players entering contract years are already looking ahead to next offseason. And with so many big-name players entering the final year of their respective deals, free agency in 2015 promises to be a fast-paced, wild time league-wide.
Former sports agent, Joel Corry, recently decided he, too, would look ahead to next offseason and what the 2014 season might mean to some of those big-named players. Consequently, he decided to compile a list of 30 big-time players heading towards a contract crossroads.
Eli Manning, QB, Giants: Manning led the NFL with 27 interceptions, a career high, in 2013. If new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo doesn't resurrect the two-time Super Bowl MVP and fix the Giants' offense, a quarterback could be taken early in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The fact that the Giants have not yet extended Manning's contract could imply an attempt to buy time — an opportunity to see if he can and will rebound in 2014. Then again, it could also be a lot of nothing. And while it seems far-fetched to believe Manning won't return in 2015, the possibly remains nonetheless. It's also possible that, as Corry mentions, the team could look to draft yet another quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft.
As unlikely as some of those scenario's seem, the possible departure of JPP could be a bit more realistic if he doesn't return to health and put up bigger numbers in 2014. The Giants are now relying on him to assume the No. 1 role at defensive end, and if he's unable to do so, a long-term, big-money contract may not be in his future.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants: A big payday will be awaiting Pierre-Paul in 2015 if he starts to resemble the player who notched 16.5 sacks in 2011.
Somewhat suspect in Corry's list is the absence of safety Antrel Rolle. The Giants' lone Pro Bowl representative in 2013, Rolle is also entering the final year of his contract with the team and, at least on the surface, it does not appear that the two sides have made much headway in extending his deal.
All in all, the Giants will face a lot of uncertainty following the 2014 season if these three big-named players don't put up big numbers and help the team return to their winning ways.
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