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2008 Contract Year Players
Whit Walters
July 18, 2008

Every fantasy football season 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 this year is peppered with several big fantasy names at every position. QB Warner, RB's Jackson and Jacobs, WR's Colston and Houshmandzadeh to name a few. Keep in mind that some of the players listed, like QB David Garrard did this off-season, may receive a new long-term deal before the season starts or even during the season. Others, like former free agent RB Kevin Jones recently, may find themselves on this list by signing 1-year deals for this season.

Kyle Boller, BAL J.J. Arrington, ARI Hank Baskett, PHI (RFA) Mark Campbell, NO
Charlie Frye, SEA Tatum Bell, DET Reche Caldwell, STL Desmond Clark, CHI
Jeff Garcia, TB Correll Buckhalter, PHI Drew Carter, OAK Owen Daniels, HOU (RFA)
Rex Grossman, CHI Jesse Chatman, NYJ Bobby Engram, SEA Kevin Everett, BUF
J. P. Losman, BUF DeDe Dorsey, CIN (RFA) Jabar Gaffney, NE Will Heller, SEA
Luke McCown, TB DeShaun Foster, SF Rod Gardner, KC Eric Johnson, NO
J.T. O'Sullivan, SF Andre Hall, DEN (RFA) Marques Hagans, STL (RFA) Jeff King, CAR (RFA)
Kyle Orton, CHI Fred Jackson, BUF (RFA) Dante' Hall, STL Jim Kleinsasser, MIN
Patrick Ramsey, DEN Steven Jackson, STL Devery Henderson, NO Itula Mili, SEA
Chris Simms, TB Brandon Jacobs, NYG T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CIN Ben Patrick, ARI (RFA)
Kurt Warner, ARI Kevin Jones, CHI Sam Hurd, DAL (RFA) Justin Peelle, MIA
Anthony Wirght, NYG Ryan Moats, PHI Darrell Jackson, DEN Leonard Pope, ARI (RFA)
  Vernand Morency, GB Justin Jenkins, BUF (RFA) Jeb Putzier, SEA
KICKERS Maurice Morris, SEA Bryant Johnson, SF Bo Scaife, TEN
Shayne Graham, CIN Michael Pittman, DEN Brandon Jones, TEN L. J. Smith, PHI
Jason Hanson, DET Dominic Rhodes, IND Eddie Kennison, KC Tony Stewart, OAK
John Kasay, CAR Darren Sproles, SD Ashley Lelie, SF Daniel Wilcox, BAL
Mike Nugent, NYJ Aaron Stecker, NO Dane Looker, STL  
Matt Stover, BAL LaBrandon Toefield, CAR Shaun McDonald, DET  
  Derrick Ward, NYG Roscoe Parrish, BUF  
  Ricky Williams, MIA Koren Robinson, GB  
  Jason Wright, CLE Travis Taylor, CAR  
  Potential 1-Year Deals Amani Toomer, NYG  
  Shaun Alexander Nate Washington, PIT  
  Cedric Benson Demetrius Williams, BAL (RFA)  
  Najeh Davenport Mike Williams, TEN  
  Ron Dayne Roydell Williams, TEN  
  Travis Henry Cedrick Wilson, PIT  

Note: All players will be unrestricted free agents unless otherwise noted.

Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA): Players who will be free to sign with any club.

Restricted Free Agents (RFA): Players who 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.

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