Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: 10 NFL Free Agent Vets Ready & Willing

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Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: 10 NFL Free Agent Vets Ready & Willing
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When the beautiful and talented late r&b singer Aaliyah released her platinum debut album Age Ain't Nothing But A Number in 1994, she was echoing an adage that is sometimes true and sometimes not so true.

It's true when cougar hunting (loving the new Phylicia Rashad, post Jenny Craig), but not so true when selecting wine (unless you're a Carlos Rossi disciple such as myself). When it comes to NFL veterans, it's stuck in a pendulum of ambivalence.

Age can often be a deterrence, due to chronic injuries, fading abilities and loss of step. As the Redskins learned last season with Shaun Alexander. Age can also be a positive, as players are more knowledgeable, better conditioned, provide leadership and prone to fewer mistakes on and off the field.

One look at the Patriots roster and it's easy to discern that Belichick values wisdom and experience.

With a plethora of Week One injuries, including a handful of notable starters, and teams still looking to bolster insufficient depth, there are veteran free agents who could provide much needed help.

Most have waved goodbye to 30 and battled some injuries along the way, but they can still be valuable contributors to most, if not all, teams. Sometimes age is a deceiving factor, especially in sports, particularly in the NFL. But a look at the rosters of the better teams in the NFL proves that veteran players still make a tremendous impact around the league.

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