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2009 Contract Year Players
Whit Walters
July 16, 2009
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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.

Keep in mind this year that the off-season status of these players may change depending on the status of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). If there is no extention of the Agreement then the number of years a player needs to be eligible for unrestricted free agency will increase from four to six. So if not extended many players who would have been unrestricted next year will in fact be restricted.

The curent odds are in favor of a deal on the CBA being struck before the final year of the existing deal in 2010. But even if that doesn't happen, a contract year is a contract year and the players below will enter this season under that assumption. So it's safe to assume that these players will operate as if this is the final year of their contract.

The list this year is peppered with big fantasy names at every position, QB Rivers, RB Parker and WR Edwards to name a few. Keep in mind that some of the players listed, like QB Matt Cassel 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 WR Terrell Owens, may find themselves on this list by signing 1-year deals for this season.

Kyle Boller, STL Mike Bell, NO Miles Austin, DAL Owen Daniels, HOU
Jason Campbell, WAS Chris Brown, HOU Mark Bradley, KC Anthony Fasano, MIA
Kellen Clemens, NYJ Ronnie Brown, MIA Steve Breaston, ARI Jeff King, CAR
Daunte Culpepper, DET Kevin Faulk, NE Isaac Bruce, SF Joe Klopfenstein, STL
Jeff Garcia, OAK Jerome Harrison, CLE Antonio Bryant, TB David Martin, MIA
Tarvaris Jackson, MIN Le'Ron McClain, BAL Chris Chambers, SD Randy McMichael, STL
Eli Manning, NYG Ryan Moats, HOU Mark Clayton, BAL Billy Miller, NO
Matt Moore, CAR Jerious Norwood, ATL David Clowney, NYJ Heath Miller, PIT
Kyle Orton, DEN Willie Parker, PIT Braylon Edwards, CLE Ben Patrick, ARI
Chad Pennington, MIA Antonio Pittman, STL Bobby Engram, KC Leonard Pope, ARI
Philip Rivers, SD Kolby Smith, KC Joey Galloway, NE Bo Scaife, TEN
Troy Smith, BAL Jason Snelling, ATL Chris Henry, CIN Tony Scheffler, DEN
Potential 1-Year Deals Darren Sproles, SD Domenik Hixon, NYG Derek Schouman, BUF
Brooks Bollinger Chester Taylor, MIN Vincent Jackson, SD Alex Smith, NE
Ken Dorsey Pierre Thomas, NO Greg Jennings, GB L.J. Smith, BAL
Gus Frerotte Leon Washington, NYJ Brandon Marshall, DEN Ben Watson, NE
Quinn Gray Kenny Watson, CIN Shaun McDonald, PIT Potential 1-Year Deals
Bruce Gradkowski LenDale White, TEN Muhsin Muhammad, CAR Mark Bruener
Trent Green Potential 1-Year Deals Lance Moore, NO Mark Campbell
Drew Henson Jesse Chatman Terrell Owens, BUF Ben Troupe
Brad Johnson Reuben Droughns David Patten, CLE Daniel Wilcox
J.P. Losman Warrick Dunn Josh Reed, BUF  
Jamie Martin DeShaun Foster Kevin Walter, HOU KICKERS
Anthony Wright Ahman Green Demetrius Williams, BAL Jay Feely, NYJ
  Edgerrin James Roddy White, ATL Stephen Gostkowski, NE
  Rudi Johnson Potential 1-Year Deals Sabastian Janikowski, OAK
Restricted FA in 2010 Deuce McAllister Drew Bennett Joe Nedney, SF
Restricted FA in 2010 with no new CBA - Unrestricted FA in 2010 with new CBA Travis Minor Marty Booker Mike Nugent, TB
Michael Pittman D.J. Hackett Matt Prater, DEN (RFA)
Aaron Stecker Marvin Harrison Neil Rackers, ARI
  Ike Hilliard Jeff Reed, PIT
Darrell Jackson  
Joe Jurevicius
Dane Looker
Justin McCareins
Jerry Porter
Koren Robinson
James Thrash
Amani Toomer
Reggie Williams

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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