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Five Contract-Year Players to Watch

Article By on 21st July, 2009

... a popular theory that players entering the last year of their contracts tend to perform at a higher level than they do in non-contract years. The obvious reason for this is that players are looking to cash in on their next deal and are determined to take their game to a higher level in an effort to maximize their monetary value.

While many people have tried to debunk this notion, I’ll admit I’m one of the believers.

It isn’t that I believe players entering the final year of their contracts will play better; rather, I feel they will be more motivated, focused, and in better shape in the hopes of performing at the highest possible level.

Think about it. In a league where Bentleys, $30,000 watches, and "makin&rsq...

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