All good things must come to an end. So saith the adage. Regarding the NFL, anything over a 10 year career is good. For some, getting beyond the decade stretch is nothing short of a miracle. Sadly, a career in the National Football League isn’t comparable to a player’s desire to continue playing. For the 10 people on this list, they need to consider stepping away from the game they love, for a variety of reasons. We’ll address them all–well, most of them, at least.
10. Zach Strief
The Saints longtime offensive tackle has seen better days. 2015 was better than 2014, when Zach’s game forced Drew Brees to throw under more pressure than he had ever dealt with in New Orleans. Zach may still have some fuel in the tank, but he’s not cutting it at tackle, facing younger and more talented defensive ends, and outside linebackers with each passing season. We don’t think Zach will hang up the cleats just yet, but we do believe the 10 year veteran knows he is about to be surpassed on the depth chart by Andrus Peat, who will enter his second season with the Saints in 2016. Zach could serve as a utility lineman, but with the Saints struggling to get under the cap, his days could be numbered. He has repeatedly stated he would retire before playing for another franchise.