Bucs, Panthers no longer lead NFL in youth

September, 6, 2012
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers have been the NFL’s two youngest teams much of the past two years.

That’s no longer the case. In terms of youth, the Bucs now are ninth in the league with an average age of 26 years and 100 days, according to STATS. The additions of free-agent signings Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright and another birthday for Ronde Barber have pushed the Bucs out of the infantile stage.

The Panthers are No. 16 with a roster that averages 26 years and 203 days. The New Orleans Saints are only two spots behind the Panthers. Their roster averages 26 years and 308 days.

The Atlanta Falcons are the oldest team in the NFC South. They’re also the third oldest team in the league at 27 years and 183 days. Detroit has the oldest roster (27 years and 326 days) and St. Louis has the youngest (25 years and 300 days).

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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