NFL’s “old man club” is dwindling

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Todd Archer of ESPN came up with a great stat: From 2000-03, 1,023 players were selected in the NFL draft. Of those draft picks, only Tom Brady, Terrell Suggs and Jason Witten remain under contract for 2018.

That, of course, will change soon.

Drew Brees (second round, 2001) will return next season. Julius Peppers (first, 2002), Dwight Freeney (first, 2002), Josh McCown (third, 2002) and Shane Lechler (fifth, 2000) could continue playing.

Adam Vinatieri, who has played 22 seasons, is expected to continue his career. But, of course, he began his career as an undrafted free agent. Sebastian Janikowski, a first-round pick in 2000, wants to keep playing, too, according to his agent.

Carson Palmer, the No. 1 overall pick in 2003, announced his retirement.

20 responses to “NFL’s “old man club” is dwindling

  1. Love or hate any/all of these guys, it’s hard to deny their due. Being at the top of their profession this late in a career that many times the teams decide when you “retire” is pretty awesome and quite impressive.

    These guys aren’t bottom feeders either:
    Brady played in the SB and was MVP
    Vinatieri has been a beast for 2 decades
    Witten is one of the top 5 TEs of all time
    Peppers, Freeney & Suggs are still difference makers when healthy
    Brees has been a top 3 QB in this league from the very beginning

  2. Both Grandpa Brady and Uncle Drew lost to younger QBs in the playoffs. We’ll see what happens next year.

  3. Brees actually had early struggles and injuries if you knew what you were talking about mrk, no offense.

  4. I know Witten is still “productive”, but anybody that has watched him over the past couple of seasons knows that he is done. He isn’t fighting for extra yards, definitely doesn’t want to get hit, and hell, I don’t think he even wants to hit the turf.

  5. “way too old to be playing football to be honest.”

    Not when you’re playing the way Brady and Brees have been. Not sure where Brees fell but Brady led the league in passing, was #3 in completions of 20+ yards in the air and #1 in completions of 40+ yards in the air.

    You’d keep playing too if you were performing like those 2 guys have been.

  6. All of these guys are Hall of Famers, except Janikowski (who will certainly be in the Raiders Ring of Honor or their equivalent meritorious group). It’s easy to see why their careers have lasted this long.

  7. To me productive means your contributing to the point where other teams have to account for you. Nobody accounts fro Jason Witten anymore. He catches the ball and falls down.
    Suggs is done, so is Freeney.

    Tom has a year or two left as does Drew. However if you got to watch either of them in multiple games this year, they are done if you hit them. If you put pressure on they get pretty antsy. Don’t get me wrong, I would too, but these guys won’t hold up much longer especially TB12 if they don’t get an offensive line. That line had tight end and running back assistance the entire game and double and triple teamed Cox. So I hope they him some help so he doesn’t get hurt.

  8. Both Grandpa Brady and Uncle Drew lost to younger QBs in the playoffs. We’ll see what happens next year.
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    And 15 other younger QBs lost to an older Brady during the season and into the playoffs. What’s your point?

  9. fcoprado says:
    February 15, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    James Harrison anyone???

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    Undrafted.

    For whatever reason, I always think Terrell Suggs is a few years younger than he actually is.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm
    Both Grandpa Brady and Uncle Drew lost to younger QBs in the playoffs. We’ll see what happens next year.

    Yeah, after losing his deep WR and throwing up 33 points it’s Brady we can blame for NE’s D giving up 41.

  11. eaglesmaina says:

    February 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    To me productive means your contributing to the point where other teams have to account for you. Nobody accounts fro Jason Witten anymore. He catches the ball and falls down.
    Suggs is done, so is Freeney.

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    Uh, Suggs just had a Pro Bowl year in 2017-18. What league are you watching?

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