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Buying or Selling Contract-Year NFL Stars in 2016



In the National Football League, there's no motivator like an expiring contract.
We've seen it time and again. Players regularly post career seasons when their deals are about to end. It's almost as if millions of dollars were on the line.
The stakes are even higher since the collective bargaining agreement changed back in 2011. The insertion of a more team-friendly rookie wage scale means that contract No. 2 is where the big bucks kick in—the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins is a great example of just how big that pot can get. After three years as the backup in Washington, D.C., Cousins was in a contract year entering his first season as the starter for the Redskins in 2015.
And in leading the Redskins to the playoffs, Cousins played his way into a salary of nearly $20 million in 2016.
Of course, he also gets to do it all again, as he'll be playing under the franchise tag this season.
Cousins ...

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