5 Most Expensive NFL Free Agents in 2014

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It’s quiet times in the NFL now. Aside from the (rightful) screaming, clamoring, and great gnashing of teeth surrounding the upcoming 2014 draft, most teams have a pretty solid idea of who’s going to make the final cut when they’re forced to bring it down to the final 53. All the big name free agents are picked up, mostly — shout out to CJ2K, Chris Johnson — and people like Darrell Revis, Aqib Talib, and Eric Decker all got rewarded with very friendly contracts. Or did they?

It’s no secret that NFL players sign contracts that they won’t fulfill. Out of the 16 players that have signed contracts worth $100 million, only Ben Roethlisberger has ever even seen 70% of that. NFL deals are loaded with conditionals and bonuses and other clauses that more or less guarantee that the reported deal is the absolute most a player can make under the deal.

But which former free agent is set to earn the most guaranteed money based on their new contracts this year? That’s a little more surprising. All salary information courtesy of OverTheCap.com

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