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Mr. Laz
07-13-2010, 09:51 AM
Age rankings for every NFL team (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/24828/age-rankings-for-every-nfl-team)

July, 12, 2010 Jul 12
12:10
PM ET

By Mike Sando


Rookie free agents and other young prospects drag down age stats for NFL teams this time of year.

The relative averages are more relevant than the averages themselves.

The chart shows where NFL teams ranked in average age heading into the weekend. The figures count undrafted free agents and unsigned draft choices. They do not count kickers, punters or snappers because older players at those positions could distort averages in a misleading way.

Having an older roster can be fine and even preferable as long as the team is contending. Being old and bad leads to massive roster overhauls. The St. Louis Rams (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=stl) fit the profile two years ago, leading to a dramatic roster overhaul that continued this offseason.

Quick thoughts on each NFC West team's current age ranking, based on the rosters I maintain for every team, and not counting specialists:

12. Arizona Cardinals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ari)

The Cardinals subtracted Kurt Warner (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1682), but they're counting on 33-year-olds Clark Haggans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2268), Alan Faneca (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1459) and Joey Porter (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1826). The team also re-signed 36-year-old nose tackle Bryan Robinson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1349).

Arizona does have good young players, though.

13. Seattle Seahawks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sea)

This ranking was higher than I would have anticipated given how much coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have talked about embracing youth.

Seattle re-signed Lawyer Milloy (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=988) and added two more older players, receiver Sean Morey (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1994) and guard Ben Hamilton (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2662), as free agents.

18. San Francisco 49ers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sfo)

More than half the 49ers' starters could be 26 or younger, the highest total in the division (based on tentative projections): Vernon Davis (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9592), Parys Haralson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9726), Alex Smith (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8416), Manny Lawson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9608), Dashon Goldson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10569), Joe Staley (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10472), Patrick Willis (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10455), Josh Morgan (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11408), Chilo Rachal (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11273), Mike Iupati (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=13246), Michael Crabtree (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=12563) and the youngest player on the roster, 20-year-old tackle Anthony Davis (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=522).

28. St. Louis Rams

The Rams were generally among the three youngest teams on average last season. They added some seasoning this offseason by signing Fred Robbins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2186), A.J. Feeley (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2704), Chris Hovan (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2156) and Na'il Diggs (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2229). Those four players are between 32 and 33 years old.

The Rams remain one of the NFL's youngest teams after adding 11 draft choices, releasing Marc Bulger (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2299) and failing to re-sign three unrestricted free agents in their 30s (Randy McMichael (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3642), Leonard Little (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1621) and Clinton Hart (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4009)).

NFL age averages minus specialists

<table border="0"><thead> <tr> <th>Rank</th> <th>Team</th> <th>Average age</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr class="last"> <td>1</td> <td>Washington Redskins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=was)</td> <td>27.33</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>2</td> <td>Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=pit)</td> <td>26.78</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>3</td> <td>Cleveland Browns (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cle)</td> <td>26.78</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>4</td> <td>Minnesota Vikings (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min)</td> <td>26.76</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>5</td> <td>Baltimore Ravens (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal)</td> <td>26.68</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>6</td> <td>New England Patriots (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nwe)</td> <td>26.64</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>7</td> <td>Oakland Raiders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=oak)</td> <td>26.53</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>8</td> <td>Detroit Lions (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=det)</td> <td>26.42</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>9</td> <td>San Diego Chargers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sdg)</td> <td>26.39</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>10</td> <td>Denver Broncos (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=den)
</td> <td>26.31</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>11</td> <td>New Orleans Saints (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nor)</td> <td>26.29</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>12</td> <td>Arizona Cardinals
</td> <td>26.27</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>13</td> <td>Seattle Seahawks
</td> <td>26.18</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>14</td> <td>Atlanta Falcons (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=atl)
</td> <td>26.16</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>15</td> <td>New York Jets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyj)
</td> <td>26.13</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>16</td> <td>Dallas Cowboys (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=dal)</td> <td>26.00</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>17</td> <td>Cincinnati Bengals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin)</td> <td>25.96</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>18</td> <td>San Francisco 49ers
</td> <td>25.90</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>19</td> <td>Green Bay Packers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=gnb)</td> <td>25.88</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>20</td> <td>Miami Dolphins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=mia)</td> <td>25.84</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>21</td> <td>Chicago Bears (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=chi)</td> <td>25.83</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>22</td> <td>Buffalo Bills (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=buf)</td> <td>25.80</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>23</td> <td>Tennessee Titans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten)</td> <td>25.74</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>24</td> <td>New York Giants (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyg)</td> <td>25.71</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>25</td> <td>Kansas City Chiefs (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=kan)
</td> <td>25.66</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>26</td> <td>Jacksonville Jaguars (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac)</td> <td>25.66</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>27</td> <td>Houston Texans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=hou)</td> <td>25.62</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>28</td> <td>St. Louis Rams</td> <td>25.61</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>29</td> <td>Philadelphia Eagles (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=phi)</td> <td>25.20</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>30</td> <td>Indianapolis Colts (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind)</td> <td>25.14</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>31</td> <td>Tampa Bay Bucs</td> <td>25.10</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>32</td> <td>Carolina Panthers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=car)</td> <td>25.00</td> </tr> <tr class="last"> <td>Avg.</td> <td>
</td> <td>26.04</td></tr></tbody></table>

wazu
07-13-2010, 10:25 AM
Yep, those Raiders are a young team on the rise!

Mile High Mania
07-13-2010, 10:34 AM
So... 2.3 years is the difference from first to worst. Whooo.

OnTheWarpath58
07-13-2010, 10:42 AM
So... 2.3 years is the difference from first to worst. Whooo.

Exactly. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

Cave Johnson
07-13-2010, 10:45 AM
This is a retarded masturbatory exercise.... the number of UDFAs and camp fodder skew the average.

Get back to me when teams cut down to 53.

OnTheWarpath58
07-13-2010, 11:06 AM
This is a retarded masturbatory exercise.... the number of UDFAs and camp fodder skew the average.

Get back to me when teams cut down to 53.

Yep, and even then, there usually isn't a huge difference.

HemiEd
07-13-2010, 11:41 AM
Yep, and even then, there usually isn't a huge difference.

Dick Vermeil disagrees. :D

Dylan
07-13-2010, 11:56 AM
24 New York Giants 25.71
25 Kansas City Chiefs 25.66

:D

cdcox
07-13-2010, 11:59 AM
This is a retarded masturbatory exercise.... the number of UDFAs and camp fodder skew the average.

Get back to me when teams cut down to 53.


And the 30 players getting the most snaps from scrimmage would be even more relevant than that. You might see some differences there.

Dylan
07-13-2010, 12:01 PM
Exactly. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.


http://www.kenttoussaint.com/girl_pouting.jpg

Ugly Duck
07-13-2010, 12:22 PM
Yep, those Raiders are a young team on the rise!

OMG! Raider players average 10 months older than Chiefs players! 10 months! OMG! OMG!

KCtotheSB
07-13-2010, 12:24 PM
OMG! Raider players average 10 months older than Chiefs players! 10 months! OMG! OMG!

Damnit, that experience is going to push Oakland over the top. :doh!: