Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/4/13
It’s the proverbial ‘contract year’ for key Green Bay Packers players and that means one thing, big performances. Tight end Jermichael Finley, cornerback Sam Shields, nose tackle B.J. Raji, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, cornerback Davon House are free agents in 2014 and will be trying to convince the team they are long term material. The banter is being tossed about, ‘my play will speak for itself,’  ‘it is what it is,’ and other common responses to the frequently asked questions about their mentality going into the dreaded ‘contract year.’ "To me," House said, via Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. "If you think I did good last year then you have a whole other thing coming." "I feel strong right now, healthy," Finley said. "I feel confident. I'm just excited." "It doesn't matter who you are," Dietrich-Smith said. "If you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing, you could be the next guy out the door. I don't take anything for granted. Every opportunity I get, I have to prove myself." "I just have to ball out this year," Shields said, "and then we'll go from there." "Confident everything will take care of itself," Raji said. One thing is for sure, the Packers will get the very best out of the above or they may be looking for job elsewhere. Dunne writes: ‘True, with Rodgers and Matthews the richest players at their positions, Green Bay will not be able to re-sign all of the above long term. Decisions await. But for now, by showing restraint at the negotiating table, Thompson should have several players hungry for a pay raise. Rings, trophies and legacies are absolutely motivators. But seven, eight figures isn't bad, either.’  
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