Aging NFL Stars Poised for a Rebound Season

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Aging NFL Stars Poised for a Rebound Season
Associated Press
Maurice Jones-Drew (21) enters his ninth NFL season but only turned 29 in March.

We are just a few days removed from the 2014 NBA draft, so it is only natural that we are talking about rebounding.

But instead of analyzing young and emerging basketball stars, we are taking a look at a number of NFL veterans who are far from shot and on their way to bounce-back campaigns.

We targeted nine pros who have made their mark in the NFL for more than a few years and will now show why they are on their way to better things in 2014. All had disappointing years by their standards. And their standards are pretty high.

To be fair, we did not include the likes of former Pro Bowl performers such as Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman or New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who missed significant time due to injury and finished their seasons on injured reserve. That would be the easy way out.

Instead, a number of players here were cast off by their clubs this offseason, while others were a bit nicked up and now search for some sort of fountain of youth (probably Gatorade flavored) that will prove they still have some good football left to offer.

So here's a look at some veteran performers who took a bit of a fall this past season but will get right back up in 2014.

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