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 hurt 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 did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.
Jordan Cameron– I’m not even sure if what Cameron has done would even be considered limping into free agency it has been so poor. Last season Cameron was a key part of the offense, putting up nearly 1,000 yards and looking poised to be one of the next explosive young tight ends. He’s not even going to reach 400 yards during this injury plagued seasons. He’s cost himself millions this year.
Julius Thomas– Speaking of tight ends without the big numbers, Thomas has kind of flown under the radar in terms of minimal impact. Thomas has failed to gain more than 33 yards in five of his last six games and hauled in just one pass this week, albeit for 30 yards. Barring an explosive finish he will average less than 45 yards a game and while his touchdown total is incredibly impressive that will be discounted in free agency.
Justin Forsett– Forsett was one of my top picks for the all bargain team, but for whatever reason was unable to get on track against the Jaguars. Forsett averaged just 3 yards a carry and lost a yard in the passing game. He’ll want a better finish to get him a bit more security next year.
New Contract Disappointment Of The Week
Jordy Nelson– As a group I think the Packers sold the Bills defense short, but Nelson went a level beyond which included a huge drop of what should have been a surefire touchdown. It was a play that would have changed the entire complexion of the game and he just lost the ball. All told he only caught 5 of 12 targets for 55 yards.
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.