Prove-it deal to payday: 7 guys who parlayed one-year deals in 2016 into huge raises this offseason

With one-year deals in vogue across NFL, these guys proved themselves and emerged victorious

Time was, one-year, "prove-it" deals were reserved by clubs almost exclusively for players on the "back nine" or coming off a season littered with injury or other question marks. That seemingly changed this offseason, when some of free agency's biggest headliners, who should be in the primes of their careers — Alshon Jeffery, Terrelle Pryor and Dontari Poe, among others — settled for one-year commitments. In fact, according to MMQB's Albert Breer, just 23 of 155 free-agent signings, or less than 15 percent, secured at least $3 million in guaranteed money beyond 2017. But players resigned to signing one-year pacts this offseason aren't necessarily doomed when they hit free agency again next year. The following is our list of guys who signed one-year deals in 2016 and parlayed them into much greater contracts this spring. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Time was, one-year, "prove-it" deals were reserved by clubs almost exclusively for players on the "back nine" or coming off a season littered with injury or other question marks. That seemingly changed this offseason, when some of free agency's biggest headliners, who should be in the primes of their careers — Alshon Jeffery, Terrelle Pryor and Dontari Poe, among others — settled for one-year commitments. In fact, according to MMQB's Albert Breer, just 23 of 155 free-agent signings, or less than 15 percent, secured at least $3 million in guaranteed money beyond 2017. But players resigned to signing one-year pacts this offseason aren't necessarily doomed when they hit free agency again next year. The following is our list of guys who signed one-year deals in 2016 and parlayed them into much greater contracts this spring. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) — Wilfredo Lee