Youngest and Oldest Teams in the NFL

Measuring an NFL team’s age is a tough task. It’s a fluid situation as players come and go and as noted by FootballPerspective.com, calculating an average age among a 53-player roster is challenging because let’s be honest, a team’s age is more relevant when focusing on its starting players versus its reserves.

In addition, a player’s age more may be relevant than others based on his position (see quarterback and top offensive and defensive players) while other starters have age as less of an enemy (see kickers).

Based on the more relevant players on a team and their ages as of Dec. 31, 2012, the following analysis may be the most detailed to date but we know things have already changed in the offseason, including the addition of the rookie class.

But this shouldn’t have too much of an impact, according to DRAFTMETRICS, which conducted a study of rookies from 2000 to 2010. It found that only 7 percent were starters in their freshman year.

So, after calculating the weighted age for each team for 2012, the weight for each player has been factored according to his team contribution through Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Approximately value.

Here’s the team list from youngest to oldest NFL teams, average age, offensive age and defensive age:

1 . Seattle Seahawks – 26.1   26.1o   26.2d

2. Cleveland Browns -26.3   26   26.6

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 26.5    26.9   26.1

4. Cincinnati Bengals – 26.6    25.5    27.5

5. Kansas City Chiefs  - 26.7  26.6   26.7

6. St. Louis Rams – 26.7   26.7   26.7

7. Tennessee Titans  - 26.7   27.8  25.7

8. Indianapolis Colts – 26.9   26.3   27.4

9 . Buffalo Bills – 26.9    26.8    27

10. Carolina Panthers  - 27    27.5    26.4

11. Miami Dolphins   –  27    26    27.8

12. Philadelphia Eagles  - 27   27.1   26.9

13. Green Bay Packers   –  27.1    27.3    26.8

14. Minnesota Vikings  -   27.1   26.2    28.1

15. Jacksonville Jaguars  - 27.2   27.1    27.2

16. Washington Redskins – 27.3   26.1   28.9

17. San Francisco 49ers –  27.6   27.4    27.8

18. Arizona Cardinals  - 27.6   27.3    27.8

19. Detroit Lions – 27.7    28.2   27.2

20. New England Patriots – 27.7    28.4     26.8

21. Dallas Cowboys – 27.8      27.8     27.7

22. Oakland Raiders  - 27.8    27.7    27.8

23. New York Giants  - 27.8   28.1    27.5

24. Houston Texans –  27.8   28.7     27

25. New York Jets – 28   26.9   28.7

26. New Orleans Saints – 28.3   28.9   27.3

27. Baltimore Ravens – 28.3     27.7    28.9

28. Denver Broncos – 28.4    28.6    28.2

29. Chicago Bears – 28.6    27.9    29

30. Pittsburgh Steelers  - 28.8   27.7   29.7

31. San Diego Chargers – 28.8   29    28.7

32. Atlanta Falcons – 28.8   29    28.7

Here’s a few observations:

  • Yep, Seattle is poised for some success thanks to its youth (and talented quarterback). It has the bragging rights of the third youngest defense and the fourth youngest offense to give it the top spot. Adding Percy Harvin didn’t really rock the offense age as he will turn 25 next week.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals have the youngest offense with quarterback Andy Dalton (25) and wide receiver A.J. Green (25 by the time the season begins), along with its offensive teammates tight end Jermaine Gresham (24) and oldie wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (27).
  • On the other side of the coin, the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons carry the oldest offenses. The Falcons enter the 2013 season with high expectations and part of this is attributed to its veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez (37).
  • As for defenses, the Titans have the badge of honor as the youngest defense but it doesn’t necessary equate to success. In 2012, its defense gave up the most points and sat at No. 30 for first downs allowed.
  • The oldest defense is no surprise, the Steelers. This has been a topic of conversation for a few years. In 2012, it had the oldest defensive line in the NFL with defensive tackle/defensive end Troy Kirschke as the veteran at 35-years-old.
  • Green Bay’s team got younger in the offseason with the exit of cornerback Charles Woodson (36) and wide receivers Greg Jennings (29–he turns 30 in September and plays for the Minnesota Vikings) and Donald Driver (38). The Packers also bring high expectations for the this season.
  • And while the breakdown doesn’t include different positions per team, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (37) is the oldest starting quarterback in the league. After 2012′s performance, some may say age hasn’t been too much of a factor for this talented player.

 

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Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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