Recently acquired from Kansas City, this still young 25-year-old two-time Pro Bowler has an opportunity to earn a whole lot of cash long term by excelling in Wade Phillips defense this coming season. Los Angeles already picked up the 2019 option on Peters’ rookie deal, pretty much guaranteeing him north of $9 million for that season. But with 24 forced turnovers in three seasons, Peters’ importance comes in the form of his ball-hawking skills. Another similar season in 2018 would almost etch in stone a massive long-term extension to make Peters the highest-paid corner in the NFL.
Seattle Seahawks: Duane Brown
If Brown is able to help a previously disastrous Seahawks offensive line overcome talent issues elsewhere this coming season, it will certainly set the former Houston Texans Pro Bowler up with a nice long-term deal once he hits free agency next March. The 32-year-old Brown didn’t do a whole lot to help Seattle’s pass-protection issues in front of Russell Wilson after being acquired during the 2017 season. It’s possible that getting acquainted with new teammates and a completely different blocking scheme played a role in that. Though, if he does indeed turn it around in 2018, Brown is looking at his next (and potentially final) multi-year deal paying him top-five tackle money.
Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson
As a third-round pick, Johnson’s rookie deal was for only four seasons. He didn’t play a huge role in 2015, netting just north of 1,000 yards in a part-time role. Then in 2016, Johnson absolutely dominated a sophomore. That season saw him put up an absurd 2,118 total yards and 20 touchdowns, both NFL highs for a running back. Unfortunately, Johnson would go on to miss all but one game to injury last season. Looking to prove himself among the game’s best backs once again, this Northern Iowa product could cash in big time should he excel upon returning from injury. At the very least, a solid 2018 campaign would likely force Arizona to place the franchise tag on Johnson in 2019, guaranteeing him what will likely be north of $15 million.
San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner
Buckner is already being recognized as one of the best defensive linemen in the entire league. Last season saw the freakish 6-foot-7 300-pound monster lead the NFL with 19 quarterback hits. Just recently, NFL Media’s Shaun O’Hara ranked Buckner as the sixth-best player at his position, ahead of Ndamukong Suh. Ultimately, the consistent pressure Buckner puts on quarterbacks will result in a huge number of sacks. With a breakout season in 2018, it would not be an absolute shock to see Buckner sign one of the richest contracts for a player at his position. Something to the tune of the $102.6 million deal Fletcher Cox signed with Philadelphia could make sense here.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill
Much like David Johnson, Hill’s status as a mid-round pick could actually be beneficial to him moving forward. The electric receiver from South Alabama has just two more seasons remaining on his rookie deal. Following a 2017 campaign that saw him put up 75 receptions for 1,181 yards, Hill has already proven himself to be a capable No. 1 receiver. That was the potential knock on him as a 5-foot-10 “athlete” heading into the 2017 NFL Draft. Now, with Patrick Mahomes under center, look for Hill’s production to increase even more. Heck, we can expect a continuation of these awe-inspiring plays (watch here and here). If so, the Chiefs would be pretty darn smart to lock Hill up following the 2018 campaign.
Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon
After struggling big time as a rookie back in 2015, Gordon has dominated in the backfield for the Chargers over the past two seasons. During that span, the former first-round pick has put up 2,997 total yards and 24 touchdowns. Those are some outrageous numbers given that some had concluded Gordon was a bust after his initial campaign. As a first-round pick, the Chargers will have to make a decision after this coming season. They’ve already picked up the $5.61 million option for the final year of his deal in 2019. Another splendid performance this fall would pretty much force the Chargers to make Gordon one of the five highest-paid running backs in the game.
Oakland Raiders: Martavis Bryant
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