Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have helped their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that exceeded all expectations and provided exceptional value to his team.
Dez Bryant– Another week and another game where Bryant makes the opposing defense look silly. Bryant went off for 158 yards and two touchdowns literally running away from just about anyone in a Jaguars uniform. Bryant is arguably the best receiver in the NFL.
Jaiquawn Jarrett– Jarrett will be a restricted free agent next season and likely earned himself a tender offer just by his play on Sunday. Jarrett intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble, and sacked Ben Roethlisberger to lead the Jets to victory while their first round draft pick rode the bench. If John Idzik is retained as GM, Jarrett could even get a small extension given Idzik’s track record.
Jerry Hughes– Despite losing the game, Hughes continues to come up big, basically mauling the Chiefs offensive line for another two sacks, bringing his total to 7.5 on the year. He’s clearly on the way to another double digit total and likely a nice big contract as a reward for finding a career in Buffalo.
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Patrick Peterson– The Cardinals were still in a very difficult game coming off pretty terrible circumstances with a knee injury to Carson Palmer when Peterson pretty much turned the game off for good with his interceptions of Austin Davis. Its that freakish athletic ability that Peterson has which is what makes him the highest paid at his position.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.