It’s good to go off in a contract year. It’s better to break out for a team that’s going through a long NFL playoff run. Ask the guys about the Rams 2021. Defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph Day He took advantage of a great half-season for a new deal with the Chargers. noon corner Darius Williams Left for an expensive contract with the Jaguars. veteran pass by miller She turned a dominant postseason into a six-year, $120 million agreement with the Bills. extra wide Odell Beckham Jrcut by the Browns earlier in the season, was two quarters away from a significant new deal before tearing his ACL during Super Bowl LVI.
We still have three more rounds of the postseason ahead of us, but I wanted to take a look at the players who have greatly improved their stock ahead of a potential new deal in this offseason. I will be looking exclusively for players on the 14 playoff teams, including teams eliminated during the wild card round.
The players you see below will generally be pending free agents, young players in rookie deals about to become eligible for extensions and veterans entering the final year of their current deals. Not all of them will get new deals before the 2023 season, but many will have to sign contracts, either with their current team or a new team.
I’m going to rule out a few players you might consider as potential candidates. They include:
Players who were already playing at the star level. As an example, the Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow He was already going for top-flight money after what he did a year ago, and nothing has changed this season. The same goes for Vikings on a massive scale Justin Jefferson and safety of the Bengals Jesse Bates in office.
Players not eligible for a new deal in 2023. Rookie 49ers quarterback Brooke Purdy He’s on a very different financial trajectory than the league’s other seventh-round picks from last April’s draft, but even if he continues to impress, the league’s collective bargaining agreement bars San Francisco from extending his contract through the end of the 2024 season.
Players who are not about to get new contracts. extra wide Terek Hill He had a great season after arriving in Miami, but he just signed a four-year, $120 million extension this past spring. He still has a few years to go from being realistic in a position to capitalize on a great season with a new deal.
Players sustaining injuries are putting the 2023 seasons in jeopardy. This fits the corner of the Bengals Chidobi Uzi The Cowboys Offensive Terrence Steelebut the most obvious example is the Dolphin quarterback Toa Tagovailoa, whose professional season was cut short by at least two concussions. It is unclear whether any of these players will be ready for the start of next season, so while they are all likely to sign lucrative new deals if they finish the season healthy, their futures are up in the air.
Even with those limitations, there are still 20 players to crack, including how they fared and what their market will look like this spring. Some have proven themselves to be the cornerstones of the franchise, while others may have positioned themselves further down the line. We’ll group these players by team, and multiply the 14 who made the playoffs. Let’s start with one of the most amazing performances of the season, from a player who is in the middle of his best period in the NFL:
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Jones’ impressive streak through the final month of the season continued with a stellar performance against the Vikings over the weekend. He had a league-best 77.8 QBR Since Week 14, including a 96.8 quarterback in the playoff win over the Colts in Week 17, the single-game best by a quarterback this season. QBR involves the value a player adds with his legs, and Jones has been a difference-maker as a scrambler.
While Jones has always been a capable runner, this was undoubtedly his best season as a passer. With new head coach Brian Dabol reducing his throwing responsibilities in the field and building an offense that throws the shortest pass-throwing average of any team, his completion percentage has increased from a career average of 62.8% prior to 2022 to 67.2% this season. His adjusted completion percentage, which does not include drops, heights, and pass depth adjustment, ranks fifth in the league.