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2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Veterans On The Verge Of Retirement

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Veterans On The Verge Of Retirement

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Entering every training camp, there are veterans on every NFL roster who are on the verge of retirement. Whether due to age, injuries or the fact they're just not good enough to cut it in the NFL, there are dozens of guys who will be cut before the start of the regular season and never see playing time again in the NFL. Here are five veterans on the verge of retirement.

5. Matt Hasselbeck

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5. Matt Hasselbeck

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Matt Hasselbeck is the most experienced quarterback playing in the NFL entering 2014. Along with Peyton Manning, he will be entering his 16th season. The difference between the two quarterbacks is that Manning will be leading the Denver Broncos to the postseason, while Hasselbeck will be holding the clipboard for Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. The veteran QB will be 39 years old in 2014, and it's likely this is his last season.

4. Frank Gore

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4. Frank Gore

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It's hard to fathom that Frank Gore is 31 years old and entering his 10th season as a starting running back in the NFL, but this is the case entering 2014 NFL Training Camp. Of all active running backs, Gore has the second-most carries with 2,187 career attempts. In 2013, Gore didn't show many signs of slowing down as he carried the football 276 times. However, it's believed that he will share more of the workload in San Francisco this year.

3. Steven Jackson

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3. Steven Jackson

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Like Gore, Steven Jackson has been a running back in the NFL for a long time. Jackson entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2004. The 11-year running back has more career carries than any other active back, and showed clear signs of age as he struggled through injuries for the first time in his career in 2013. The current Atlanta Falcon averaged a career-worst 3.5 yards per carry last season.

2. Champ Bailey

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2. Champ Bailey

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Champ Bailey enters his 16th season in the NFL in 2014. Over the past 10 years, Bailey cemented himself as one of the NFL's premier corners with the Denver Broncos. In 2013, he played in his first Super Bowl, only to see the Broncos lose in Super Bowl XLVIII. The current New Orleans Saint struggled through injuries all of last season for the first time in his career. If the Saints win the Super Bowl this season, expect Bailey to retire.

1. Charles Woodson

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1. Charles Woodson

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The NFL's most experienced defensive back entered the league as a highly-touted first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1998. Charles Woodson returns for a 17th season as he finishes his career with the Silver and Black. Although Woodson is no longer the dynamic playmaker he was earlier in his career, he is still a solid hand at safety. However, it's clear 2014 will be his final season as he re-signed with the Raiders on a one-year deal.