The 2020 NFL season is right here, bringing with it loads of new faces.
A number of 21-year-old rookies becoming a member of the league. There’s even the youngest participant within the NFL, Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, enjoying at simply 20 years outdated (he turns 21 in November). However what we’re specializing in listed below are all of the outdated veterans within the league.
A few of these guys you already know very effectively. Tom Brady, for instance, appears to get higher with age as he exhibits no obvious indicators of slowing down. The identical might be mentioned for Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
However there are another senior residents of the NFL you could have had no clue about. We’ll undergo the oldest gamers within the league under, setting the age cutoff at 35 years outdated.
Observe: The ages mirror how outdated the gamers will flip in 2020 — not how outdated they presently are.
Honorable Point out: Adam Vinatieri
Adam Vinatieri is 47 years outdated, making him doubtlessly the oldest participant within the league. He hasn’t filed his retirement papers fairly but, telling NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero he nonetheless needs to play within the NFL.
Legendary kicker Adam Vinatieri instructed me Tuesday he needs to return for a 25th NFL season, however quarantine has slowed down his rehab following knee surgical procedure. Not sure he’ll be healed up by the beginning of the season, however he’s attempting. Vinatieri, 47, is a free agent.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 29, 2020
However he stays a free agent, and subsequently solely will get an honorable point out.
Tom Brady: 43 years outdated
The ageless marvel.
Tom Brady tops the checklist among the many oldest signed gamers within the NFL at 43 years outdated. He clearly had a change of surroundings this season switching from the Patriots to the Buccaneers, however he is nonetheless competing. It isn’t clear how for much longer Brady will have the ability to play, however it’s obvious he is not giving up any time quickly.
Drew Brees: 41 years outdated
Drew Brees is the opposite veteran quarterback getting issues executed previous 40, getting into his 20th season within the NFL at 41 years outdated. Brees has additionally proven no indicators of slowing down, posting a career-best 116.three quarterback score in 2019.
L.P. Ladouceur: 39 years outdated
L.P. Ladouceur has been considerably of an unsung hero for the Cowboys. He has been on the franchise since 2005, but many might not know his identify. That is as a result of he performs the inglorious place of lengthy snapper. At 39 years outdated, Ladouceur will likely be long-snapping balls nonetheless in 2020.
Matt Schaub: 39 years outdated
Bear in mind when Matt Schaub was backing up Michael Vick in Atlanta? That seems like perpetually in the past. That is as a result of, effectively, it was perpetually in the past. Schaub is again in Atlanta, however this time he is backing up Matt Ryan. Schaub hasn’t needed to do a lot lately, making an attempt simply 167 passes in his previous 5 seasons. So at 39 years outdated, why not decide up one other paycheck?
Don Muhlbach: 39 years outdated
Don Muhlbach is the second veteran lengthy snapper to make the checklist thus far. Muhlbach began in Detroit again in 2004, when he was simply 23. He is now getting into his 16th season at 39 years outdated.
Sam Koch: 38 years outdated
Ravens punter Sam Koch continues to be in a position to boot balls deep at 38 years outdated. Koch has been with the Ravens since 2006 and has performed effectively in that point. He earned a Professional Bowl nomination in 2015 and helped the Ravens win Tremendous Bowl 47.
Andrew Whitworth: 38 years outdated
The Rams’ offensive lineman instructed NFL Media earlier this yr he’d “postpone retirement for one more yr” to return for one more season. It would not be stunning to see Whitworth retire forward of the 2021 season however, for now, he is nonetheless giving it his all.
Jason Peters: 38 years outdated
One other veteran offensive lineman, this time in Eagles guard Jason Peters, who joined the league at 22 years outdated in 2004 and has been defending quarterbacks ever since.
Andy Lee: 38 years outdated
Andy Lee was a stalwart on the 49ers from 2004-14. Since then he has bounced across the Browns to the Panthers and now to the Cardinals. He is nonetheless acting at a excessive stage, ending with the second-highest punt common (47.eight) in 2019. He’ll look to proceed to play effectively at 38 years outdated in 2020.
Philip Rivers: 38 years outdated
One other veteran quarterback who went with a change of surroundings in 2020. Philip Rivers left the Chargers and signed with the Colts, attempting to show he nonetheless has what it takes at 38 years outdated.
Ben Roethlisberger: 38 years outdated
Ben Roethlisberger is the fifth quarterback who’s 38 years or older on this checklist. The Steelers veteran has been with the franchise since 2004, when he was simply 22 years outdated.
Jason Witten: 38 years outdated
Jason Witten performed for the Cowboys for 15 seasons, retired to hitch the “Monday Evening Soccer” sales space, got here again for his 16th season then left the Cowboys and joined the Raiders. It will be bizarre seeing Witten play for the Raiders in 2020, however at the least he will not be within the “MNF” sales space anymore.
Robbie Gould: 37 years outdated
Bears followers most likely want the franchise hadn’t moved on from Robbie Gould in 2015; Chicago has struggled to discover a substitute kicker, whereas Gould has been (pun incoming) nearly as good as gold. He’ll return at 37 years outdated for one more season with the 49ers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 37 years outdated
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the last word journeyman quarterback. He entered the league with the Rams and has performed video games with the Bengals, Payments, Titans, Texans, Jets, Bucs and Dolphins. He has by no means actually been an elite possibility, however he has been ok that groups wish to preserve him round. He’ll be a stopgap quarterback at 37 in Miami earlier than Tua Tagovailoa takes over.
Thomas Davis Sr.: 37 years outdated
Thomas Davis Sr. was a Panthers captain for a few years earlier than leaving the franchise following the 2018 season. He performed for the Chargers final yr and signed with Washington for 2020, the place he’ll proceed to play at 37 years outdated.
Frank Gore: 37 years outdated
A lot of the gamers on this checklist thus far have been quarterbacks or particular groups gamers. Frank Gore is really a particular expertise, in a position to produce as a operating again at 37 years outdated. And coaching camp experiences from Jets writers point out Gore seems to be superb. Will he ever retire?
Richie Incognito: 37 years outdated
Richie Incognito has had an fascinating NFL profession. He left the Dolphins following the 2013 season, the place he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the workforce. He sat out the whole 2014 season after no groups signed him, then returned in 2015 to turn out to be a Professional Bowler for 3 straight seasons. He signed with the Raiders final season and can proceed to play there in 2020 at 37.
Larry Fitzgerald: 37 years outdated
Larry Fitzgerald could also be getting up there in age, however he is nonetheless producing at a excessive stage. He completed 2019 with a stable 75-catch, 804-yard, four-touchdown season, and can look to dominate as soon as once more in 2020 with second-year Kyler Murray at quarterback. Fitzgerald has contemplated retirement the previous few seasons, so let’s take pleasure in his presence at 37 years outdated whereas we are able to.
36 yr outdated membership
Now that we have gotten previous the actually outdated gamers, let’s simply rapid-fire a few of the different veterans value noting.
Under are the gamers who’re (or will flip) 36 in 2020:
Alex Smith (Washington QB)Aaron Rodgers (Packers QB)Matt Moore (Chiefs quarterback)Marcedes Lewis (Packers TE)Johnathan Joseph (Titans CB)Matt Prater (Lions Okay)Stephen Gostkowski (Titans Okay)Clark Harris (Bengals LS)
35 yr outdated membership
And eventually, listed below are the gamers who’re (or will flip) 35 in 2020. An honorable point out for this checklist is operating again Adrian Peterson, who was not too long ago launched by Washington.
Joe Flacco (Jets QB)Chad Henne (Chiefs QB)Matt Ryan (Falcons QB)Ted Ginn Jr. (Bears WR)Greg Olsen (Seahawks TE)Duane Brown (Seahawks OL)Mason Crosby (Packers Okay)Stephen Hauschka (Payments Okay)Britton Colquitt (Vikings P)Kevin Huber (Bengals P)