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10 NFL Stars Likely To Retire After 2014 Season

10 NFL Stars Likely To Retire After 2014 Season

Super Bowl XLVIII - Champ Bailey
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The NFL is a heartless league. They are truly about what have you done for me lately. That means that a player can be a superstar one year, then retired two years later. Every year, the NFL finds 256 new players via the draft, and even more through rookie free agents. That means they are taking jobs away from players who had jobs the previous year. These ten former stars will play their last year in the NFL in 2014.

10. Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals

Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals
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10. Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals

Terence Newman - Cincinnati Bengals
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Terence Newman has not been the top-level cornerback since he was with the Dallas Cowboys. Somehow, he has still received a paycheck from the Cincinnati Bengals. With his contract ending this season, there will be no extra room for him in the league.

9. Plaxico Burress - Pittsburgh Steelers

Plaxico Burress - Pittsburgh Steelers
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9. Plaxico Burress - Pittsburgh Steelers

Plaxico Burress - Pittsburgh Steelers
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Plaxico Burress says that he still has something left in the tank. I think he will get a job with a team that loses some receivers in the preseason. That will be it after that, however. He will not be able to keep up with the league as his skills diminish more than they already have.

8. Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills

Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills
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8. Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills

Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills
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The running back position has been massively devalued in today's NFL. That means that they don't value veteran players as much as other positions. The cap for many RB careers is 31-years-old. Fred Jackson has already surpassed that as he is 33. He had a career high nine touchdowns in 2013, but he will see a large regression in 2014.

7. Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans
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7. Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans
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Ryan Fitzpatrick has been given another chance to start thanks to the Houston Texans lack of a better option at QB. Even head coach Bill O'Brien can't help him become relevant again. He will show that he is no longer viable in the pros and end his career after this season.

6. Antonio Cromartie - Arizona Cardinals

Antonio Cromartie - Arizona Cardinals
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6. Antonio Cromartie - Arizona Cardinals

Antonio Cromartie - Arizona Cardinals
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Antonio Cromartie is once again in the position of being number two to one of the best CBs in the game. Patrick Peterson will help him regain some of his lost luster, but that won't last all season. He will run out of gas around Week 13, showing that age has finally caught up to him.

5. Adam Vinatieri - Indianapolis Colts

Adam Vinatieri - Indianapolis Colts
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5. Adam Vinatieri - Indianapolis Colts

Adam Vinatieri - Indianapolis Colts
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What an illustrious career for Adam Vinatieri. He may go down as the best kicker in the history of the NFL. He kicked two game winning as time expired in the Super Bowl (once against the Rams, once against the Panthers). That is something that will likely never be done again by one player. He is currently the oldest player in the NFL, and will end his season retiring from the game.

4. Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders

Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders
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4. Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders

Charles Woodson - Oakland Raiders
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Charles Woodson is looking to have one more farewell tour with his Oakland Raiders. He is coming back to a young team that doesn't seem like they have much of a chance to compete, but he wanted to play one more season for the team that made him.

3. Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts
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3. Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts
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This one may come as a surprise. Last time we saw Reggie Wayne, he was still whooping on cornerbacks and leading Andrew Luck through his early career woes. He went down with a devastating knee injury in 2013, which will seriously slow him down in 2014. He won't want to be anything but dominant, and he will hang up the cleats after the season.

2. Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints

Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints
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2. Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints

Champ Bailey - New Orleans Saints
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The New Orleans Saints took a chance that Champ Bailey still had something left in the tank to give their secondary a bolt of energy. Playing for Rob Ryan will help him showcase the talent he has left, but he is still a nickel CB at best. He is having trouble keeping up with the pure speed on some of these slot receivers. He will realize it is time to go into broadcasting.

1. Sam Bradford - St Louis Rams

Sam Bradford - St Louis Rams
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1. Sam Bradford - St Louis Rams

Sam Bradford - St Louis Rams
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How could a 26-year-old quarterback who has shown signs of being really good even think about retiring? When he seems to continuously get hurt. Some may say I am overreacting, and that may be true. I see him suffering from another major shoulder injury that will ultimately end his career.

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