As most football players learn eventually, the NFL is a business. That point has been driven home throughout the brief 2013 offseason when we see NFL teams say goodbye to players such as Charles Woodson, Osi Umenyiora, Kyle Vanden Bosch, John Abraham and Dwight Freeney.
With free agency set to begin on March 12, we wanted to look at a number of NFL veterans that could be deemed as "over the hill" type of players and determine if they still have enough gas left in the tank to be relevant additions for a new team.
George Allen, ex-head coach of the Washington Redskins, used to enjoy picking up players past their prime, as his "Over the Hill Gang" had success despite their advanced age.
We have selected 55 players for this presentation. Why 55 players you ask? There are 55 days until the 2013 NFL Draft. That is as good a reason as any.
The players in question have to be at least 30-years-old to qualify and have to be a free agent as of March 1.
You have to wonder how much longer each of these 55 free agents will continue to play. There is no doubt that NFL players take better care of their bodies due to the help of nutritionists, staying in shape year-round and the advancements in medicine.
We will look at the recent performance of every player and rate them according to what they have demonstrated, as opposed to automatically writing them off once they hit 35.
These 55 free agents are listed in alphabetical order, and we will conclude with either a verdict of BUYING for players we want to sign to a new deal or a verdict of SELLING for players we prefer to see walk away and start their second career.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of ProFootballFocus.com