As a dynasty owner, one must think beyond the upcoming season and more into the future of their franchise.

One important area of focus for every dynasty owner should be which players are entering a “contract year”. The possibility of free agency not only impacts the player themselves but their former and future team’s depth chart and the players that currently make that up.

NFL Players who are entering a contract year have that extra incentive to showcase their ability to play in the NFL in hopes of earning that blockbuster contract and therefore should be strongly considered by dynasty owners when making final roster decisions during the offseason.

This series continues with 5 Wide Receivers who are entering the last year of their current contract and therefore should be under your watchful eye(s).  We will start this off with a player who may need a fresh start to kick his career into second gear if he can overcome a season ending injury.

 

Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars):

Allen just suffered a season ending injury to his left ACL during his first game in a critical season in which he needed to prove his value to the NFL after having a less than average season in 2016 finishing with 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns in what most fantasy owners were hoping would be another great season after he finished his Sophomore campaign in the NFL with 80 receptions, 1400 yards and 14 TD’s.

Instead, Allen is left feeling helpless as there is absolutely nothing more he can do to sell his worth other than keep his chin up and have a positive attitude.

Potential Team for 2018:

Robinson will get his opportunity next year but I’m just not sure it will be in Jacksonville as they have Marquise Lee, Allen Hurns, Arrelious Benn and Keelan Cole to hold down the fort this year with promising rookie WR Dede Westbrook who is currently on IR and will miss at least half of the 2017 season.

All things considered, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Robinson stay in Jacksonville but he likely won’t get that big contract he was hoping for before his injury.  If Jacksonville decides to not retain him, there should be a number of teams looking to add him to their roster.  My favorite landing spot for him is in San Francisco although I also believe Kansas City would be a great fit.  Another team who is certain to be looking to land a big WR is the New York Jets.

 

 

Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins):

The NFL is currently investigating a domestic violence incident involving Jarvis but it is flying well under the radar with all the publicity that Ezekiel Elliott is getting with his own dramatic case against the NFL.  The league reportedly has video coverage of the alleged assault but Landry’s girlfriend has apparently refused to press charges.  Jarvis has eclipsed 1100 yards and averaged over 100 catches over the last two seasons but has struggled to get into the end-zone which has kept his fantasy value in check.

Potential Team for 2018:

The Dolphins were reportedly trying to trade Landry before the season so it is highly unlikely that he remains in a Dolphin uniform after the 2017 NFL season.  Although the Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has downplayed the rumors of Landry being on the trade block, it was likely an attempt to keep Landry focused on the upcoming season more than anything.

If the rumors of the Dolphins wanting to part ways with Landry are true, he should have plenty of teams looking to add a quality WR capable of catching a ton of passes.  Teams that may be looking for that “high target” receiver include the Jets, Bills, and Colts.

 

 

 

 

Alshon Jeffery (Philadelphia Eagles):

Alshon’s biggest challenge throughout his career has been his ability to stay on the field as he has proven that he is a beast on the field when he is healthy.  In March, the Eagles signed Alshon to a 1 year, $9.5 million contract in hopes that he proves he can remain healthy and earn a long-term contract but he did miss a few days of practice during the offseason with a shoulder injury.  Jeffery hasn’t proven to be a reliable fantasy option since 2014 when he caught 85 balls for over 11 yards and 10 TD’s following a season in which he caught 89 passes for just over 14 yards and 7 TDs.  He has a lot to prove heading into his sixth year in the NFL.

Potential Team for 2018:

My guess is Jeffery will do enough to justify the Eagles resigning him after the season if the two sides can agree on a price.  If not, there will be teams who are willing to take a shot on a big WR with plenty of potential when healthy.  Those teams will be the 49ers, Rams, and Cardinals.

 

 

 

Terrelle Pryor (Washington Redskins):

The Redskins decided not to keep WR’s Pierre Garcon & DeSean Jackson and instead opted to sign former Ohio State QB and Cleveland Brown WR to a 1 year, $6 million contract this past March after Terrelle showcased his receiving skills in Cleveland last year catching 77 targets for just over a 1000 yards.

Potential Team for 2018:

Terrelle has not done much to convince Redskin fans that he is the “next big deal” in Washington as he and QB Kirk Cousins have had their share of struggles with getting their timing down.  Pryor easily had the most targets on Sunday with 11 while catching 6 of them but missed a couple passes that should have been caught.  Even though Cousins and Pryor still have plenty of work to do, I fully expect the ‘skins to retain Pryor next year.

 

 

 

Sammy Watkins (Los Angeles Rams):

In a wild twist of fate, the Rams end up with Sammy in a trade with the Buffalo Bills just 3 years after many expected the Rams to draft him #2 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Watkins has struggled to stay healthy but is healthy today and is the newest addition to Rams QB Jared Goff’s targets.

Potential Team for 2018:

Watkins has seemed to have developed some chemistry with his new QB in his second year in the NFL Jared Goff and I am confident the Rams will do whatever necessary to sign him to a long term deal before he becomes a free agent so you can count on Watkins sporting the Rams colors next year.

 

In Summary:

Those are just a handful of WR’s who are in a contract year and there are many others who are also looking to earn that next big contract and further their career in the NFL.  Some of those NFL wide receivers entering a contract year that I have not mentioned are Donte Moncrief (Colts), Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals), Eric Decker (Titans), Paul Richardson (Seahawks) as well as many others looking for that next pay day.  Some of them are likely to be considering retirement such as Fitzgerald and Decker while others like Moncrief and Richardson are wanting to continue their NFL career and prove they can be that stud that the NFL and its fans will recognize.