The 2017 NFL offseason has already begun with several players making huge salary bumps and other players receiving big contract extensions.
But which players are really going to make big-money-reward contracts this offseason?
In this article, we will look at which players were among the most underpaid in the 2017 offseason, as well as which players have the potential to become huge free agents in 2018.1.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay BuccaneersJameis is the reigning NFL MVP and a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
He is one of the best players in the game, and a key cog in Tampa Bay’s championship run this season.
But Jamees salary-cap hit this offseason is going to be a challenge.
Winston’s cap hit this season is $6.3 million, which is significantly more than his 2016 cap hit of $3.1 million.
Winston is also going to have a tough time getting any new deals done, given the salary cap.2.
Michael Bennett, St. Louis RamsBennett was the second-highest-paid player in the NFL last season, making $13.7 million.
However, the Rams also have some of the highest-paid offensive linemen in the league, with left tackle Eugene Monroe making $18.6 million and center Rodney Hudson making $19.5 million.
Bennett’s contract is going out on June 29, 2018, and he could be looking for a new deal this offseason.3.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis ColtsAndrew Luck made his first career start for the Colts last season and threw for more than 3,000 yards.
His salary-tag hit this year will be more than $27 million, meaning Luck will be able to walk away with some cash.
However the Colts need to make a deal to keep him around.4.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee TitansMarcus Mariota’s contract was one of several that had to be restructured for him to make $15.7 mil this offseason, which was the fourth-highest total for any quarterback in NFL history.
The Titans also have a lot of free agents this offseason to target.5.
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City ChiefsTyreek Hill is one half of the legendary “Lions” offense that has been so successful in the past two seasons.
He had a very productive 2017 season, finishing with 1,835 yards and 10 touchdowns.
However he also lost his starting job to the rookie running back Kareem Hunt, and it is unlikely that he will be a top 10 pick again.
Hill is going into the final year of his contract and has no guaranteed money.
He has the opportunity to be one of those guys who becomes a free agent next year.6.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas CowboysEzekiel Elliott has had a rough couple of years, finishing the 2016 season with 8.5 sacks.
But this offseason he is expected to receive an extension worth around $20 million.
The Cowboys also have several unrestricted free agents to target, and could use an upgrade at defensive tackle.7.
Andrew Whitworth, Kansas SaintsThe Kansas City Royals won their first World Series title in 18 years this past season.
The franchise was also able to add a World Series ring in the process.
However it took a while for the team to get going, as Whitworth was a key piece to the team’s success.
The Saints will have a new GM in Sean Payton, and Whitworth could be one option.8.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo BillsLeSean McCoy was a part of the Bills’ success last season.
However McCoy is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will be looking to make some money.
The Bills could use some help at running back, and there are a few other free agents available.9.
Arian Foster, Houston TexansThe Texans will be without a starting running back in 2018 after starting Javorius Allen for the majority of the season with an ankle injury.
Foster was a big part of Houston’s success last year, and will likely be one more piece in the Texans’ backfield this offseason if the team can’t find a replacement.10.
Andrew Billings, Washington RedskinsAndrew Billings had an up-and-down year for the Redskins last season after he was named to the Pro Bowl.
However Billings contract this offseason will be less than the $12 million that the Redskins received from the Eagles for his 2018 release.
The Redskins could still use some offensive help at wide receiver, and the team could also be looking at trading a couple of players this offseason in a trade.11.
Chris Cook, New Orleans SaintsCook was one the most decorated players in New Orleans history, and his salary-hit for this season will be significantly less than his $15 million cap hit from 2016.
However Cook has a chance to make it big again, and has a huge chance to get a big payday.12.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee VikingsDeMarco