NFL Predictions: 18 Players Likely to Retire During, After 2011 Season

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NFL Predictions: 18 Players Likely to Retire During, After 2011 Season
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Mark Brunell (above) has got nothing left to give. Sure, he might be cash-starved, but NFL teams aren't for him -- or a hadnful of vets on this list.

Pretty American, looking toward the end of something (NFL careers) before it (NFL season) starts.

But what else are we to do in this lull of sport-less-ness?

That's why I'm throwing in a wrinkle into this forecast of 18 NFL players whose trading cards won't have a 2012 line. We're going to hit all the gimmes, battered and stale vets who can't give the game anymore.

But we'll throw in some we think should walk away, for varying reasons.

To give an idea, many of you would've slotted Brett Favre had this list ran last year. (No, I wouldn't have.) Could be from a glaring health concern. Could be the cause of one headache too many.

And we'll tack on a few with disproportionate risks for career-threatening injuries. (I know, I know. The unwritten contract players concede. We're talking seriously extenuating cases here.)

And away we go...

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