NFL player contracts are primarily year-to-year propositions because they aren't fully guaranteed like NBA and MLB contracts. Players are released in each off-season due to the salary cap or because their performances don't justify their salaries. Here's a look at twelve guys with 2014 contracts that could be playing for new teams next year.
Julius Peppers (DE)-Chicago Bears
Julius Peppers has been missing in action during too many games this year. The six-time All-Pro only has one sack in seven games and three different contests where he didn't record a single statistic. He appears to have hit the wall in his 12th NFL season. Peppers has averaged slightly over 10 sacks per year since joining the Bears in 2010 when he signed a six-year, $84 million contract (worth a maximum of $91.5 million through incentives). The 33-year old has a $14 million salary in 2014 and an $18,183,333 cap number. The Bears will gain $9,816,665 of cap room by releasing Peppers after the season.