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Monday, September 7, 2009
Just as young as we think

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Age Rank NFL Team Average Age
1 Redskins 28.02
2 Saints 27.99
3 Cardinals 27.74
3 Patriots 27.74
5 Lions 27.62
6 49ers 27.51
7 Steelers 27.50
8 Vikings 27.48
9 Seahawks 27.41
10 Falcons 27.39
11 Titans 27.29
12 Browns 27.18
13 Jets 27.16
13 Broncos 27.16
15 Bears 27.02
16 Cowboys 26.93
17 Bills 26.93
18 Chargers 26.93
19 Texans 26.89
20 Giants 26.88
21 Ravens 26.83
22 Raiders 26.82
23 Eagles 26.81
24 Rams 26.73
25 Jaguars 26.61
26 Bengals 26.60
27 Dolphins 26.47
28 Bucs 26.46
29 Panthers 26.39
30 Chiefs 26.36
31 Colts 26.34
32 Packers 26.16

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


We certainly regard the Jaguars as a young team.

I think there is a broad perception that the Titans are loaded with young talent.

While the Colts have some older guys they may be built around, they are largely supplemented by young, and often cheaper, players.

The Texans' key guys -- Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Dunta Robinson average 25.8 years old.

Now NFC West maven Mike Sando has run the numbers and the we have some more solid evidence.

The Titans have the 11th oldest average age in the league, the Texans 19th oldest, the Jaguars 25th oldest and the Colts 31st oldest.

Division by division, the AFC South is the youngest with the AFC West second and the NFC South third.

Interesting stuff.

One thing to keep in mind: A couple guys can help skew things. The Texans, for example, have a 41-year old punter in Matt Turk and a 39-yard old in defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina. Imagine how young they'd be if they had an average age guy in those two spots?