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Redskins: Still the NFL's oldest team

At the dawn of the NFL season last fall, published the average ages of NFL rosters. The Redskins had the NFL's oldest team, averaging 28.02 years.

But then, the Future Was in the Future. Now, the Future is Now. And as another season approaches, with bloated NFL rosters filled with lots of players who won't be playing in the NFL, the Redskins are still the oldest. Another batch of rankings -- which counts undrafted free agents and unsigned draft choices, but doesn't count specialists -- has the Redskins as the NFL's oldest team, averaging 27.33 years. That's more than a half-year older than any other team's average.

The Future is Right Now! The Future is Expiring Soon! The Future is Maybe Yesterday! I think I saw The Future running full-speed into the past! The Future's burial will be shown live on Comcast SportsNet!

No, no, this is scare-mongering. CSNWashington's Rich Tandler explored this issue last week. He used Ryan O'Halloran's projected roster and a trusty calculator to find that the Skins projected average age this season comes in at 28.5 years, meaning they'll be older than last year's roster if things go as projected. But Tandler also pointed out that the oldest teams in the NFL did quite well last year, with at least one notable exception.

Anyhow, I guess The Future is Now fits as a 2010 slogan.

(Via Matt Mosley)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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Guess there's no substitute for experience...

although we might like to see a little more talent and depth in the roster...

and perhaps even a few up and comers that can be coached up and groomed to move into the starting blocks in upcoming seasons.

Of course, Redskins will never be able to grow their own talent if they keep trading away draft picks for over-the-hill has-beens and never-was-es...

and keep wasting roster spaces and paying roster bonuses to players who won't play, practice, or even show up for anything but pay days.

Posted by: Vic1 | July 12, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Replacing Campbell (26) with McNabb (33) and Heyer (25) with Brown (29) are the kinds of moves that count toward that 'graying' of the roster, but who is going to argue those moves weren't upgrades?

The other factor is the Redskins have a few older players that really skew the curve but are slated to be rotation players or backups or even training camp cuts.

This list would include Daniels (37), Holiday (34), Draft (34) as well as Galloway (38), Furrey (33) and Bidwell (34).

You take away those 6 players and replace them with younger veterans or rookie UDFAs, and that needle bumps down a bit.

But the team has not committed anything past 2010 to these players.

All are working on essentially one year contracts, make good or be released.

I really don't see a problem with the way that Shanahan and Allen have approached 2010.

With a lockout a definite possibility in 2011, why not try and get this team back to respectability in 2010 and do so at reasonable cost?

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | July 12, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

And you are the most BALD headed newspaper writer in the world!!!

Posted by: clifton3 | July 12, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I will begin commenting on all things Redskins only when Joey Galloway is no longer on the roster.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | July 12, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I will begin commenting on all things Redskins only when Joey Galloway is no longer on the roster.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | July 12, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why not stock up on veterans since this is an uncap year. It is almost like when Gibbs was able to sign and hide all those veterans as backups and never missed a beat when the starters finally got injured or were replaced due to performance issues. It will be an interesting season this year, but unfortunately there is no plan for next year or when the CBA is finalized. I guess the Redskin management is praying for a lockout or a strike year to cover their lack of foresight! By the way, according to Yahoo Moss has a $7 million roster salary this year. I thought NFL roster salaries are not guaranteed, so why not just cut him? Makes you wonder about all the stocking up of receivers now.

Posted by: JohnWWW | July 12, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Bruce Almighty likes old guys as much as his dad did.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | July 12, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

If they were the oldest team in the league last year, and everyone's a year older this year... it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure this one out...

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | July 12, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Our Skins...aging rapidly, going downhill, surrounded by younger teams looking for a brighter future.

Posted by: scmonty1 | July 12, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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