Five NFL players who should retire at the end of the 2018 season

So many stars from the past are possibly heading into their final year of the NFL.

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The end of an era is fast approaching. With rookies taking over the reins of NFL teams, we could see a lot of players retire once Super Bowl 53 is wrapped up and in the books. So many stars from the past are possibly ending their run in the NFL, while some may continue to play at an old age, others will hang it up. Some teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have found ways to buy younger and cheaper. NFL fans were shocked when it was revealed that the 2017 season was the final season for Jason Witten.

1

Adam Vinatieri

The oldest player in the NFL is Adam Vinatieri, who appears to be nearing the end of his lengthy NFL career. Vinatieri inked a one-year deal with the Colts, during the offseason. It appears Vinatieri wanted to come back for one more season in hopes that Andrew Luck could bring the Colts back to the playoffs. Currently the Colts are riding high in the playoffs, thanks to their manhandling of the Houston Texans.

2

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson should have retired a few years ago, but he managed to put together good numbers this season as part of the Washington Redskins running game. His power has slowed down over the years, he's no longer the player he was when he started out with the Minnesota Vikings.

3

Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates managed to resign with the LA Chargers, and scoring his first touchdown in week 4. His performance has begun to decline, as the Chargers recruit new young talent. Gates definitely deserves to be discussed as one of the greats.

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4

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch should have stayed retired in 2014, but he ended up signing with the Oakland Raiders, in hopes of landing another championship. As the team heads in a new direction, Lynch's career may be in the rearview mirror.

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5

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski is a shoe-in for the hall of fame, as New England's powerhouse tight end. He has become one of the best pass catchers in the league. Many have speculated when the Gronkowski part of the Patriots era will end. It's doubtful that Gronk would want to return for another season risking injuries.

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