With so many older players filling pivotal roles on NFL teams across the country, one might wonder when these players will officially call it quits.
Of course, this comes with the assumption that when these players retire, they will hang up their cleats for good unlike Brett Favre or Rob Gronkowski. Numerous stars are growing closer to retirement age such as Tom Brady, Ben Rothlisberger, and Frank Gore, but these are simply honorable mentions in this article.
In no particular order, here are some of the players that are expected to retire after the 2020-2021 NFL season. We start with Adrian Peterson, a running back who has literally been in the league for decades, but is coming up on the last year of his contract and forty years of age. This combination sets up any player perfectly for retirement, as long as this season goes well I see him calling it quits at the end.
One surprising pick would be defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who is not necessarily getting old, but has each season taking a large toll on his body. He is also on a one year contract, setting him up nicely for retirement.
An additional consideration is tight end Rob Gronkowski who could quite possibly return to retirement if this season leads to disappointment in Tampa Bay.
Another famous tight end towards the end of his career is Jason Witten, who the league expected to retire even at the end of last season. Although he may be playing for records, so who knows how long his career will last.
Phillip Rivers is another famous name who may retire, especially since he already has a coaching job lined up on a high school football team following his retirement. At the end of the day, many of the most famous players in the NFL could call it quits after this season so enjoy watching them play while you still can.