LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A number of Pro Bowlers are about to get paid.
And not just the relative pocket change ($35,000 or $70,000, depending on whether their teams win or lose) that comes with competing in the NFL's annual all-star game in Orlando.
About a dozen Pro Bowl players are pending free agents, including the NFL's all-time leading passer, the league-leading rusher this season and the top pass rusher in 2019.
They've been politically correct all week, insisting they want to remain with their current teams. The reality is some of them surely will be elsewhere next season, making the Pro Bowl their final game in these helmets.
Here's a look at the most notable of those players heading into Sunday's game, which is at 3 p.m. at Camping World Stadium.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett: After five pedestrian seasons with the Denver Broncos, Barrett signed a one-year deal with the Bucs, then led the NFL and broke the franchise's single-season record with 19.5 sacks in 2019.
Said Barrett: "I don't know where it's going to end up at, but I'm confident that I'm going to be where I should be, which I think is Tampa."
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees: The NFL's all-time leader in passing yards (77,416) and touchdowns (547) has been noncommittal about 2020, but he did say "it's the Saints or nothing."
"I don't want to rush anything," Brees added. "I have a process I'm going to go through. I'm going to separate myself from the game, spend some time with my family and see where I'm at."
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry: He led the NFL in rushing yards (1,540) and rushing touchdowns (16) this season and played a pivotal role in the wild-card team's playoff victories at New England and Baltimore. He carried 64 times for 377 yards and a touchdown in those games.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper: After a career year in which he caught 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns, Hooper will be one of the most coveted tight ends in free agency.
"My whole attitude is that it will end up the way it's supposed to," Hooper said. "I did my part, ended up here at the Pro Bowl. If the organization wants me, they'll offer me (a deal). As of now, I'm just enjoying what could be my last game as a Falcon down here at the Pro Bowl."
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon: After notching 54 tackles, 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, Judon will be one of the top pass rushers on the market.
"It's a process that you can't stress over," said Judon, who has 28.5 sacks in four seasons. "I don't think there's going to be no negatives really out of this situation. Everything's going to be a positive, and however it plays out, it will. And I think I'm going to be happy on the other side."
Saints offensive guard Andrus Peat: He played under the fifth-year option in 2019 and was a Pro Bowl substitute for the second consecutive season. He has yet to play a full NFL season, though, missing 15 games over five years.
New England Patriots special teams standout Matthew Slater: The 34-year-old made his eighth Pro Bowl this season and hopes to finish his career with the Patriots, the team with which he has spent his first 12 years in the league.
"I've expressed publicly and privately to remain a Patriot for the entirety of my career, and certainly I still feel that way," Slater said. "We'll see how it goes."
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill: The former longtime Miami Dolphins starter replaced Marcus Mariota behind center in October and helped the Titans reach the AFC title game for the first time in 20 years. He finished with 22 touchdown passes and six interceptions in 12 regular-season games. He added five touchdown passes with just one pick in three postseason starts. Tennessee could use the franchise and transition tags to retain both him and Henry.
"I'd like to be back," Tannehill said. "I love the organization and the team, but at the same time we've got to come to an agreement."
Ravens offensive guard Marshal Yanda: He's not a free agent, but he's considering retirement after 13 years with the Ravens. He has one year remaining on his contract, which would pay him $7 million in 2020.
"I'm still processing and doing all that stuff," Yanda said. "I'm enjoying the time out here with my family, and we'll see what happens."
The Pro Bowl itself also is a free agent of sorts. The NFL kept the all-star event in Orlando for a fourth year after decades of being played mostly in Hawaii, but there has been speculation a new host city could be on the horizon.
Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles open this year. Both multibillion-dollar venues should be able to handle the Pro Bowl's week-long needs.
"Vegas? Wooooooo-weeee," Ravens safety Earl Thomas said. "It would definitely work in Vegas. That would be great. That would a great incentive."