Every year there are hundreds of rookies that enter the National Football League. For every rookie that makes the final cut and is part of the upcoming roster, there is a veteran player that is cut from the team.
After the compensatory picks were awarded, the NFL Draft 2011 will swell to 254 draft picks, at which time Mr. Irrelevant will be selected. Obviously not all of the picks will make a 2011 roster, as some will be waived, while others will get hurt and be placed on the I.R. lists. Others will be demoted to the practice squads.
But for each rookie that does make it, there is a cause and effect, as one more veteran will have to be trimmed from a roster to make room. There are always surprise cuts every year. These are the guys that were hoping to extend their careers, but Father Time is working against them.
Here are 25 players that should be realizing their careers are going to be over very soon, or will see a substantial drop in their personal production that serves as a warning bell that the end is near.