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Contract Year Players
Whitney Walters
August 23, 2005

Every August the calls for contract year players start to come in. I guess in these cynical times it would make sense that the fantasy owner seek out those players they fell will give an "extra effort" during the final year of their contract, in the hopes of a big payday the next year. The actual numbers may or may not prove this theory to be true, but for those who believe in the contract year theory you will find a list below. Keep in mind that some of those listed, like Shaun Alexander, Hines Ward or Bubba Franks, may receive a new long-term deal before the season starts or even during the season.

QUARTERBACKS RUNNING BACKS WIDE RECEIVERS  

Unrestricted free agents are players who will have completed four or more accrued seasons of service and whose contracts will expire. They will be free to sign with any club.

Restricted free agents are players who will have completed three accrued seasons of service and whose contracts will expire. They will be free to negotiate with any club. If a player accepts an offer from a new club, the old club will have the right to match the offer and retain the player. If the old club elects not to match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the level of the qualifying offer made to the player.

Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Drew Brees, SD Shaun Alexander, SEA Hines Ward, PIT
Kurt Warner, ARI Ahman Green, GB Reggie Wayne, IND
John Kitna, CIN Edgerrin James, IND

Peter Warrick, CIN

Jeff Garcia, DET Jamal Lewis, BAL David Givens, NE
Restricted Brian Westbrook, PHI Reche Caldwell, SD
David Carr, HOU Michael Bennett, MIN David Terrell, NE
Josh McCown, ARI Restricted Jabar Gaffney, HOU
TIGHT ENDS DeShaun Foster, CAR Joe Jurevicius, SEA
Unrestricted Chester Taylor, BAL Quincy Morgan, DAL
Randy McMichael, MIA   Restricted
Bubba Franks, GB   Nate Burleson, MIN
    Antonio Bryant, CLE
    Brandon Lloyd, SF
    Kevin Curtis, STL
    Josh Reed, BUF