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Bronco Rob
05-30-2009, 11:25 AM
Every year, there are more than a few players who probably should have decided in the offseason to call it quits.

Sometimes, they just need a nudge.


My goal is to give them one whether they want it or not.

So here are 10 who would be wise to walk away from the game, now.


1. Deuce McAllister

McAllister, one of the most beloved players in Saints' history, was given the heave-ho by New Orleans.

With a couple of torn ACLs and a looming four-game suspension for taking the weight-loss supplement known as StarCaps, McAllister might try a new approach to keep his figure: waiting by the phone for an NFL team to call.

Let's face it, if he wouldn't have been one of the top two tailbacks with the Saints, it's likely he won't be one of the top two tailbacks in most other cities especially since young ball carriers fresh out of college are plentiful and guys lower than No. 2 on the depth chart are expected to play special teams.

Deuce seems like a good guy. He should walk away on his own terms, before he's forced away on someone else's.


2. Brett Favre

Sure, he's retired. But as long as he's flirting with the Vikings about a possible return, he's not really gone.

His act is wearing thinner than Deuce McAllister waiting by the phone for an NFL team to call. Despite the many apologists within the jockocracy of ex-players, football fans are sick of Favre.

And so he needs to go.

Not just from the playing field. Plenty of football fans don't want to see him on a football field or on television talking about football, despite the inherent allure of a partially untucked shirt, clip-on tie, three-day salt-and-cinnamon beard, and flip-flops.


3. Marvin Harrison

He has been available for more than three months. And he's gotten barely a sniff.

It's not the way one of the greatest careers in NFL history should end.

But even in the midst of talk that he won't play again, former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison insists he'll be back.

His better move would be to move on.

Last year, he showed glimpses of his past greatness. Then again, there were dropped passes, and whispers that he'd lost his nerve to take a solid hit.

Harrison has no need for money, and every reason to be proud of his career. He should put a lid on it now, and be one of the rare modern NFL players who spends more than a decade with only one team.


4. Jon Kitna

On one hand, the fact he's a backup quarterback in Dallas means that he'll be overshadowed by the various attention magnets.

But we still know he's there. And it drives us nuts.

Two years ago, Jon Kitna said the Lions would win 10 games. (Don't give me the semantics, Lions fans. Sure, he didn't use those precise words. But that's what he meant.)

In two seasons, the Lions still have three wins to go. Maybe they'll get there by the end of the 2010 season?

If so, it will come three seasons after Kitna should have called it quits.


5. DeAngelo Hall

In human years, he's 25. In "pain in the butt" years, he's like 84.

It seems as if DeAngelo Hall has been around the NFL a lot longer than five seasons, due in large part that he's routinely popping off about something.

Most recently, he chided the team that paid him $1 million per game for eight games last year before giving him the ability to hit the open market again.

While he now has a fat new contract from the Redskins, we wonder when they'll realize that he's simply not an elite cover corner, and he's eventually more trouble than he's worth.


6. Chad Ochocinco

Speaking of a guy who's more trouble then he's worth, if Chad Ochocinco isn't happy with his situation in Cincinnati, why not just call it quits?

Really, who would miss him?

The Bengals have been dealing with the whining and the crying for so long that it might actually make them better if he's gone for good.

And since owner Mike Brown is dead set against trading Ochocinco, the only way out is to retire.

I know he won't. But, man, it's fun to think about the possibility.



7. Shaun Alexander

He was the league's MVP in 2006. Two seasons later, he was out of a job.

One year later, he's all but forgotten.

Alexander says he'd play for the league minimum. If that league is the UFL, he might find a taker.

Bottom line? It's over. It was a great ride, but it's done.


8. Plaxico Burress

Though he's still got some football left in him, Plaxico's inability to realize that taking a short jail term voluntarily is much better than standing trial and likely going away for much, much longer suggests that maybe he needs to temporarily abandon any aspiration to play football until his legal imbroglio has been resolved.

So Burress should retire. And then, once he finishes serving his time whether it's two months or 42 he should consider coming back.

As a practical matter, Plaxico essentially is retired until the criminal charges clear up. Especially if in two weeks he finds out that he'll be tried on felony weapons charges before the 2009 season ends.


9. LeCharles Bentley

On the first snap of 11-on-11 drills during the first training camp after he cashed in with a huge free-agent contract in Cleveland, Bentley popped a patellar tendon.

In three seasons since, he hasn't dressed for a single game.

But even after being cut by the Browns in June 2008, Bentley still hasn't called it quits.

If he waits much longer, his announcement will be met by most people with this reaction: "Who in the heck is LeCharles Bentley?"


10. Jeremy Shockey

The Saints tight end had a disappointing year in 2008, and there's a sense in some circles that his best years are behind him.

Maybe he'll turn it around and have a solid season or two in New Orleans' high-octane offense. But the recent "dehydration" incident at a pool party in Las Vegas isn't a good sign.

So maybe we'll all be better off if Shockey just calls it quits now, before he fades away.

Or has a more serious episode of "dehydration."




http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=554312

Los Broncos
05-30-2009, 11:30 AM
Add TO to the list.

Doggcow
05-30-2009, 11:34 AM
I don't agree with shockey or chad.

Hogan11
05-30-2009, 11:59 AM
Add TO to the list.

No Kidding...as it is, the list is solid, a lot of trash could be taken out at once if they all followed the Sporting News advice.

Flex Gunmetal
05-30-2009, 12:06 PM
Hall had a decent half season w/ the skins if I recall, and Chad and Shockey make no sense to me.

NYBronco
05-30-2009, 01:08 PM
I think Favre has retired... what 3 times now?

Punisher
05-30-2009, 01:20 PM
Harrison should talk to the Bears i think that's the only team that will take him and pay him too.

Bigdawg26
05-31-2009, 12:48 AM
Why isnt Boss Bailey on the list?? He hasn't completed a season since maybe his rookie year??

Popps
05-31-2009, 01:22 AM
Harrison should talk to the Bears i think that's the only team that will take him and pay him too.

Yea, I'm a little surprised a team like the Vikings hasn't talked with Harrison.

But, I can't figure out the Vikings. They seem to revel in a horrible passing offense. They've had 30 different chances to improve their passing game in free agency and just refuse to do so.

Vladimir
05-31-2009, 03:15 AM
Didn't Florio make that list?

cutthemdown
05-31-2009, 03:46 AM
I don't agree with Hall, Chad Johnson, Shockey. True they have there problems but they still have skills that can help a team.

The others injuries may make it wise to walk away.

Who are we to say though? Men should be allowed to walk away how they want. If Harrison doesn't mind waiting for a team to call why should I?

cutthemdown
05-31-2009, 03:47 AM
Why isnt Boss Bailey on the list?? He hasn't completed a season since maybe his rookie year??

I'd say because he's never been popular, so people just don't care.

Most of the players on that list had done some big things in NFL, Boss Bailey's claim to fame is he's champs lil bro.

Gort
05-31-2009, 03:53 AM
how can Michael Vick not be on this list?

cutthemdown
05-31-2009, 04:15 AM
how can Michael Vick not be on this list?

You don't think Vick has some skills left?

What he did was horrid and cruel, but IMO he got punished for it and deserves another shot.

I think this list was more about people they think have lost it because of age or injuries. With Vick it's a little different.

Gort
05-31-2009, 05:43 PM
You don't think Vick has some skills left?

What he did was horrid and cruel, but IMO he got punished for it and deserves another shot.

I think this list was more about people they think have lost it because of age or injuries. With Vick it's a little different.

he's radioactive. no NFL team would dare sign him.

take a look at what happened to Mark Chmura... they used to talk about what a great TE he was and then one day he and his 17-year old babysitter supposedly got into a little extracurricular activity in a bathroom and he was dropped from the Packers and his name practically erased from their history. he was acquitted of any wrongdoing, but his career was over.

one could argue that what Vick did was 1000x worse than what Chmura did because each US state has its own laws about age of consent, and there are many states where 17 is legal age.

epicSocialism4tw
05-31-2009, 06:13 PM
1. Brett Favre

2. Brett Favre

3. Brett Favre

4. Brett Favre

5. Brett Favre

6. Brett Favre

7. Brett Favre

8. Brett Favre

9. Brett Favre

10. Brett Favre

Gcver2ver3
05-31-2009, 08:05 PM
dumb list....

where's Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Zach Thomas, & Ahman Green?...

Bob's your Information Minister
05-31-2009, 08:59 PM
Champ Bailey's gonna be on this list next offseason.

Gcver2ver3
05-31-2009, 09:39 PM
Champ Bailey's gonna be on this list next offseason.

as will Matt Cassell...

Florida_Bronco
05-31-2009, 10:33 PM
he's radioactive. no NFL team would dare sign him.

take a look at what happened to Mark Chmura... they used to talk about what a great TE he was and then one day he and his 17-year old babysitter supposedly got into a little extracurricular activity in a bathroom and he was dropped from the Packers and his name practically erased from their history. he was acquitted of any wrongdoing, but his career was over.

one could argue that what Vick did was 1000x worse than what Chmura did because each US state has its own laws about age of consent, and there are many states where 17 is legal age.

To my recollection, Chmura never made any serious attempt at a comeback.

Gort
06-01-2009, 08:31 AM
To my recollection, Chmura never made any serious attempt at a comeback.

i think he saw the writing on the wall. IIRC, he was basically branded a child molester and adulterer. i don't think that's fair since the girl was 17, but under Wisconsin law, the age of consent is apparently 18. anyway, he was only 31 years old when it happened, so his career wasn't over yet.

Beantown Bronco
06-01-2009, 08:51 AM
4. Jon Kitna

Two years ago, Jon Kitna said the Lions would win 10 games. (Don't give me the semantics, Lions fans. Sure, he didn't use those precise words. But that's what he meant.)

In two seasons, the Lions still have three wins to go. Maybe they'll get there by the end of the 2010 season?

If so, it will come three seasons after Kitna should have called it quits.



Bag on Kitna all you want, but 2006 and 2007 were by far the best seasons of his career: over 8,200 yards passing, 40 TDs and a QB rating of 80 on a crappy team with few weapons. He only played in 5 games last year, so it's tough to judge from that.

He's still got something left in the tank and could certainly make a fine backup for at least one more year IMO.

Hogan11
06-01-2009, 09:36 AM
he's radioactive. no NFL team would dare sign him.

Big time rumors here are that the Bills are very interested.

Smiling Assassin27
06-01-2009, 10:34 AM
Matt Leinart

Doggcow
06-01-2009, 10:48 AM
LaDainian Tomlinson, I said it.

Beantown Bronco
06-01-2009, 10:54 AM
I'm absolutely shocked that John Engleberger didn't make this list.

Gcver2ver3
06-01-2009, 11:10 AM
I'm absolutely shocked that John Engleberger didn't make this list.

don't be...

he's not even a significant enough of a player to be considered for this list...

if a team's stupid enough to sign him, he shouldn't retire...pull paychecks...

he's more in line for a "List of teams DUMB enough to sign him" list...

Beantown Bronco
06-01-2009, 11:21 AM
don't be...

he's not even a significant enough of a player to be considered for this list...

if a team's stupid enough to sign him, he shouldn't retire...pull paychecks...

he's more in line for a "List of teams DUMB enough to sign him" list...

you're killing me.

kdissette
06-01-2009, 12:32 PM
where is javon walker?

Gcver2ver3
06-01-2009, 12:51 PM
where is javon walker?

thats actually a good one...

his name should be on the list...

SJ Bronco
06-01-2009, 01:02 PM
Jeff Garcia thinks this list is ridiculous...

broncocalijohn
06-01-2009, 01:19 PM
seems half the list are guys the writer doesnt like. Why would Hall retire after the Redskins just inked him some serious cashe? Yes, Favre and some guy named Bentley should hang it up but it was more of a personal vendetta against some of those players. Retire when you lost the skills.