The 2017 NFL Season is still a few months away but that won’t slow us down from talking football. Let’s turn our attention to some of the NFL’s older stars and a few that could walk away from the game after the 2017 NFL Schedule.
One name that comes up year in and year out is James Harrison, who continues to shine at the age of 39. While Harrison recorded 53 tackles last season, the question continues to show up on how much longer this future Hall Of Famer can suit it up. Along with age, Harrison is at the point of his career where any significant injury could force him to hang up the cleats for good. Here are a few other aging NFL Veterans who could retire after the 2017 NFL Season.
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens
The 34 year old Ravens linebacker will be entering his 15th season in the NFL and despite his offseason conditioning, this offseason he could be nearing the end of his career. While it is hard to imagine Suggs hanging them up after this season, he is coming off multiple knee surgeries and therefore he could be one of those players whose age catches up to him much faster. Suggs posted his lowest sack total since he missed eight games in 2012 and his third lowest total of his entire career outside of that shortened season.
Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers
Here’s another aging veteran who was once the best player at his position during his prime years. Now Gates enters the 2017 season at 37 years old while looking to appear in his 15th season in the NFL. Despite picking up seven touchdowns last season to go with 548 yards. The Chargers tight end developed more into a goal line receiver then the down field threat he once was. Father time continues to catch up with Gates who missed time due to performance enhancing drugs just two seasons ago.
Anquan Boldin, Unsigned
The aging veteran has yet to sign on with any club but we don’t expect that will last for the rest of summer. Arguably one of the toughest receivers the NFL has seen over the past 20-30 years has lost most of his speed but continues to use his physical strength and body to out muscle opposing cornerbacks. Boldin, who pulled in another 67 passes during the 2016 NFL Season, has developed more into a short threat for the past few seasons.