No league chews up talent and spits it out quite like the NFL. That’s not exactly a revelation at this point, but this offseason, we’re learning that the 10-year mark appears to be the cutoff for even some of the league’s best talents.

Here are four unsigned former stars who may not get a chance to play another snap in the NFL:

Darrelle Revis


Revis was kicked off the New York island named after him following his 10th NFL season, a certified disaster.

The Jets mulled moving Revis from corner to safety – a transition that often signals the end is near for a defensive back – but instead opted to sever ties altogether.

Since his release, there have been no rumors or rumblings about a potential landing spot. The only news has come from teams expressing a lack of interest in the 31-year-old.

After 10 seasons locking down some of the game’s best receivers, Revis may have to face the reality that he’ll never be left alone on an island on a football field again.

Jay Cutler


Though Cutler’s career has been scrutinized and dissected to the extreme, the fact remains that he was one of the longest-tenured quarterbacks in Bears history.

That stint ended when Chicago released him on the first day of free agency. On the subject of his dismissal, Cutler expressed a level of emotion rarely glimpsed by the fan base, and days after, he was seen still wearing Bears merchandise.

The Jets were reportedly keeping tabs on Cutler, but 10 days later, they appear closer to signing fellow veteran QB Josh McCown. If Cutler’s career is at the point where McCown is considered a more viable starting option, perhaps there are no suitors for Cutler’s services.

The 11-year veteran’s career may close with just two playoff games to his name.

Adrian Peterson


Free agency has played out much differently than Peterson anticipated.

Just four seasons removed from an MVP campaign, AP has been unable to draw the interest of the NFL’s running back-needy teams. He rebounded from injury in 2014 to post a 1,400-yard 2015 season, but apparently few are betting he’ll do the same after an injury-shortened 2016.

Peterson, who’s given 10 years to the game, has expressed a desire to keep playing. The upcoming draft is chock-full of talented rushers, however, and it would appear ill-advised for a team to pass up a young, inexpensive player for a 31-year-old with durability concerns.

Jamaal Charles


Charles faces the same obstacles as Peterson: the strong class of running backs coming into the league and injury concerns.

At his best, Charles was a genuine difference-maker, but he hasn’t handled a heavy workload since 2014. It looks like he’ll have to accept either a complementary role or the reality that no team is willing to wager its immediate future on a 30-year-old running back whose injury history includes a torn ACL in both knees and a trimmed meniscus.

Charles is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards per carry, but his last tote may have come in October 2016.

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