Some say that the NFL stands for “Not For Long,” and the reasons for that are obvious. Football is a dangerous game played by some of the strongest and fastest athletes in the world. Most NFL careers are understandably short at an average of between 3-6 years, with the higher number projected by the NFL and the lower number projected by the NFLPA.
In some cases, players exceed those numbers, but Father Time catches up with everyone. And quite often, that’s a hard pill to swallow for someone who loves the game and knows nothing else. But in the end, retirement is inevitable for all who snap on the chinstrap.
Here’s a look at 10 NFL players who should be considering retirement in 2018.
10. Karlos Dansby, LB, free agent
Karlos Dansby briefly considered retirement a season ago before signing a one-year deal to return to the Arizona Cardinals, where he appeared in 16 games, recording 95 tackles and one sack. While Dansby’s numbers were still respectable, his Pro Football Focus grade dipped to 68.2, which is considered below average. But despite that, and the fact that he’s approaching the age of 37, Dansby still does not appear ready to hang them up, and teams remain interested. Ultimately, the window on Dansby’s career is closing. He’ll need to think about life after football sooner rather than later.
Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan doesn’t seem to think much of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Cameras caught Lewan disengaging from his block on Johnson and then promptly flipping him off, seemingly without much provocation.
Perhaps something was said during what otherwise looked like a rather ordinary block to cause Lewan to react that way. Of course, he’s always been a brash, confrontational sort, so it could just be the adrenaline of a playoff game getting him riled up. Nobody seemed to notice at the time, but Lewan’s gesture could get him fined after a postgame review.
The Kansas City Chiefs had some bad news that counterbalanced the positive feelings following their win on Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced after the game that linebacker Derrick Johnson suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon during the game, which will end his season.
Johnson went down on a non-contact play, as his tendon gave out on him as he tried to push off and chase down a play.
Johnson has been in this situation before; he ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon in 2014. This time it’s his left that went out on him.
The 34-year-old linebacker had been dealing with a sore left Achilles according to NBC’s Cris Collinsworth. He entered Thursday with 89 tackles, a sack and an interception on the season. Just as Kansas City’s defense was getting healthy with Justin Houston back, now they have another major loss.
Derrick Johnson is expected to re-sign with the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year deal, per a report.
The veteran linebacker’s contract is expected to be for $21 million, Chiefs beat writer Terez A. Paylor reports.
Even though he is 33 years old, Johnson is still one of the most productive linebackers in the game. He recorded 116 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions last season.
In addition to Johnson, the Chiefs also signed Mitchell Schwartz to a five-year deal Wednesday.
It was a busy day for the Chiefs as they were also penalized by the NFL for tampering with Jeremy Maclin last year. They were fined $250,000 and lost two draft picks — a third-round pick in 2016 and sixth-round pick in 2017.