NFL's best home-grown talent: Which non-QB rules each team? – NFL.com

“I think I’m on the back nine of my career,” Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said to NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan, before adding: “I’d like to finish my career in Green Bay.”

Entering his 13th season, Rodgers is one of the increasingly rare NFL specimens to play for one team his entire career. That dynamic makes sense for a true franchise QB — you don’t let these guys walk away — but what about beyond that position?

We’ve scanned the rosters of all 32 teams to pinpoint their most valuable homegrown veteran player. If you think every club has at least one obvious, rock-solid candidate — think again. A handful of rosters are stocked almost entirely with young talent.

The rules: It can’t be a QB, but it must be a player with at least five years of NFL experience — all with the same team.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald (13 seasons of NFL experience)

Coming off yet another 1,000-yard campaign, the 33-year-old Fitzgerald is a lock for Canton and still an asset for this Carson Palmer-led passing game. With Michael Floyd out of the mix, Fitzgerald will be counted on to deliver again in what could be his final NFL season. After pulling down 216 catches over the past two years, though, there’s no question he could play well beyond 2017.

Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones (6)

Were you expecting anyone else? Jones has served as a monstrous presence since entering the league in 2011. Pro Football Focus calls him arguably “the best receiver since the PFF era began, having two of the top five highest-graded seasons (since 2006).” While concern lingers over his multiple foot surgeries, Jones has proven to be one of the NFL’s toughest players.

Baltimore Ravens: Justin Tucker (5)

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