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Contract Year Players
Whitney Walters
August 25, 2006

Every August the calls for contract year players start to come in. Many fantasy owners 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. The list is void of the many big names like last season when we say the likes of Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, Jamal Lewis, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne, Randy McMichael and others. Keep in mind that some of those listed, like Deion Branch, may receive a new long-term deal before the season starts or even during the season.


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
Chris Simms, TB Chris Brown, TEN Deion Branch, NE
Patrick Ramsey, NYJ Dominic Rhodes, IND Drew Bennett, TEN
Tim Rattay, TB Ahman Green, GB

Kevin Curtis, STL

Jeff Garcia, PHI T. J. Duckett, WAS Ashley Lelie, ATL
Restricted Najeh Davenport, GB Andre Davis, BUF
Matt Schaub, ATL William Green, CLE Tyrone Calico, TEN
  Ladell Betts, WAS Jabar Gaffney, PHI
TIGHT ENDS Correll Buckhalter, PHI Shaun McDonald, STL
Unrestricted Maurice Hicks, SF Bobby Engram, SEA
Daniel Graham, NE LaBrandon Toefield, JAC Dennis Northcutt, CLE
Eric Johnson, SF Marcel Shipp, ARI David Boston, TB
Zack Hilton, NO Anthony Thomas, BUF Travis Taylor, MIN
Jerramy Stevens, SEA Antowain Smith, TEN Kelly Washington, CIN
  Nick Goings, CAR Justin Gage, CHI
KICKERS Patrick Pass, NE Restricted
Unrestricted Restricted Samie Parker, KC    
Rian Lindell, BUF Michael Turner, SD Ernest Wilford, JAC    
Olindo Mare, MIA Artose Pinner, DET Clarence Moore, BAL    
  Musa Smith, BAL Patrick Crayton, DAL    
    Scottie Vines, DET