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15 NFL Veterans Who Should Retire Already

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15 NFL Veterans Who Should Retire Already

Dallas Clark - Baltimore Ravens
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Every year, NFL veterans try to hang onto what is left of their careers. Some find what is left in the tank and help out their team, while others show that they are way past their prime. We, as fans, end up wishing they would have retired prior to the year. We are going to feel the same way about the following players.

15. Kevin Williams - Seattle Seahawks

Kevin Williams - Seattle Seahawks
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15. Kevin Williams - Seattle Seahawks

Kevin Williams - Seattle Seahawks
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Gone are the days where the Minnesota Vikings had one of the scariest defensive lines in football. Jared Allen moved on to the Chicago Bears and Kevin Williams is on the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. One of those players looks like the same guy he did five years ago, while the other one is a shell of his former self. He posted the lowest tackle total of his career, and is basically a third down specialist on his best day.

14. Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals

Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals
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14. Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals

Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals
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Terence Newman was once a premier cornerback while with the Dallas Cowboys. Now, he is the guy quarterbacks look to throw against. He lost a lot of his speed, which is crucial to this position. He tends to be chasing wide receivers too often.

13. Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders

Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders
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13. Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders

Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders
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Charles Woodson is spending his final seasons of an illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders. In today's NFL, is there any bigger reason why you should retire? He is on a team that has been rebuilding for more than a decade in a division that has three returning playoff teams.

12. Kellen Winslow Jr. - Free Agent

Kellen Winslow Jr. - Free Agent
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12. Kellen Winslow Jr. - Free Agent

Kellen Winslow Jr. - Free Agent
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Kellen Winslow II came back from a year where he only caught one pass to have a semi-productive year with the New Year Jets. It was that one last chance to show he could still play in the big leagues. His performance-enhancement suspension makes you question how he got back in the first place. He should probably just hang up the cleats after an average year.

11. Adrian Wilson - Free Agent

Adrian Wilson - Free Agent
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11. Adrian Wilson - Free Agent

Adrian Wilson - Free Agent
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Adrian Wilson spent last season with the New England Patriots organization. Most people weren't aware of that after an injury cost him his entire season. The long-time Arizona Cardinals safety was cut this offseason. He should just keep his legacy intact by signing a one day contract for the Cards.

10. Dwight Freeney - San Diego Chargers

Dwight Freeney - San Diego Chargers
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10. Dwight Freeney - San Diego Chargers

Dwight Freeney - San Diego Chargers
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Dwight Freeney spent most of last season with a torn quadriceps muscle. It was probably a good thing for him, because he only had two tackles in four games. He isn't the same freak on the defensive line that he once was, and he should know that it is time to hang 'em up.

9. Santana Moss - Washington Redskins

Santana Moss - Washington Redskins
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9. Santana Moss - Washington Redskins

Santana Moss - Washington Redskins
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Santana Moss is currently buried on the Washington Redskins' depth chart. He isn't only behind the likes of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but he is also behind Andre Roberts, Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson. He is looking to be at best the sixth-string receiver. Couldn't he make a bigger impact, and close to the same paycheck, as a coach?

8. Ronnie Brown - Free Agent

Ronnie Brown - Free Agent
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8. Ronnie Brown - Free Agent

Ronnie Brown - Free Agent
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Ronnie Brown was the third-string running back on the San Diego Chargers. He is looking to hook up with a team this offseason, but he hasn't had anyone pull the trigger on him. A team may come calling, but it is very unlikely he will make it onto a team for Week 1.

7. Kyle Orton - Dallas Cowboys

Kyle Orton - Dallas Cowboys
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7. Kyle Orton - Dallas Cowboys

Kyle Orton - Dallas Cowboys
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The waffling that is currently occurring with Dallas Cowboys backup Kyle Orton is confusing, to say the least. He is one of the highest paid backups in the league, so money is not the reason he isn't at mini-camp. The 31-year-old shouldn't play if he has doubts.

6. David Akers - Free Agent

David Akers - Free Agent
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6. David Akers - Free Agent

David Akers - Free Agent
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Every year there is the old guy kicker who eventually loses his job. This seems to be the fourth time that has happened to David Akers. I think he should finally retire before he has zero effectiveness on a football field.

5. Jason Campbell - Cincinnati Bengals

Jason Campbell - Cincinnati Bengals
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5. Jason Campbell - Cincinnati Bengals

Jason Campbell - Cincinnati Bengals
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Jason Campbell seems like he is on a different team every season at this point in his career. He isn't the same player who was the underrated guy in the 2005 draft. He can't seem to stay healthy for a full season, so before a serious injury occurs, Campbell should call it quits.

4. Plaxico Burress - Free Agent

Plaxico Burress - Free Agent
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4. Plaxico Burress - Free Agent

Plaxico Burress - Free Agent
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Plaxico Burress is a Super Bowl hero, a felon and an NFL free agent. He says he isn't quitting on his career just yet. He should retire from active competition and work for Roger Goodell's office. He has shown that he will use former suspended athletes to teach some of the younger ones.

3. James Harrison - Free Agent

James Harrison - Free Agent
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3. James Harrison - Free Agent

James Harrison - Free Agent
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James Harrison has stated that he is looking for a return to his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. While he is still in incredible shape, the new rules for the NFL makes his style of play much less worthwhile. The NFL has gone past what Harrison can bring to a team.

2. Ed Reed - Free Agent

Ed Reed - Free Agent
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2. Ed Reed - Free Agent

Ed Reed - Free Agent
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We should have never seen Ed Reed in any other uniform besides a purple and black one; we saw him in many different colors last season. He says he wants to play another season in the NFL, but it seems like his skills have not aged well.

1. Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints

Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints
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1. Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints

Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints
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Champ Bailey was cut from the AFC Champion Denver Broncos this offseason, and he is now part of the New Orleans Saints. Bailey will eventually be looked at like the Hall of Famer that he is, but for now, he is a lower level starter on what could be a bad secondary. This will be his Joe Montana on the Chiefs moment.