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Redskins have NFL's most experienced roster

I've written about 400 items on how the Redskins have the oldest roster in the NFL, but the league sent out a bucket-load of data on Thursday afternoon that brought up another side of this issue: the Redskins also have the most experienced team in the league. That's a much cheerier way to look at it. Here are the top five teams in average NFL experience, based on the opening rosters:

1. Washington, 5.43 years
2. Chicago, 5.42 years
3. Minnesota, 5.28 years
4. Cleveland, 5.23 years
5. Pittsburgh, 5.17 years

And here are the top five teams in average age, based on opening rosters:

1. Washington, 27.70 years
2. Cleveland, 27.49 years
3. Minnesota, 27.38 years
4. Chicago, 27.15 years
5. San Diego 27.11 years

Here are the top five teams in players aged 30 and over:

1. Cleveland, 18
2. Pittsburgh, 17
3. Washington, 15
3. San Francisco, 15
5. Minnesota 14

Finally, here are the bottom seven teams in number of rookie and first-year players, based on opening rosters:

1. San Diego, 4
2. Cleveland, 6
2. Minnesota, 6
4. Detroit, 7
5. Baltimore, 8
5. New York Giants, 8
5. Washington, 8

The league also sent out rankings based on weight, height, 300-pounders, and so on. No packages rankings, thankfully.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

First off, we are better than last year (clearly) but we are OLDER. This doesn't bode well for the years down the line... An older line, running back, QB, WR will make the next few years difficult to replace those parts. We are one injury away (at any position) to being in trouble. (I hope we have a plan for this) By the way... LOVE THE GOLD PANTS!!!

Posted by: timb67 | September 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

we have a much younger line this year, timb67. chris samuels was over 30, randy thomas over 30 and they are both replaced by men in their 20s and one is a rookie. last year we had 4 starting linemen over 30. this year we only have 3, maybe 2 since dockery and lichtenshteiger are splitting time at guard. not harping on it, just wanted to you respect the line for what it is.

Posted by: willfacc10 | September 16, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Empirical evidence that The Danny has made the Redskins the NFL's "semi-retirement" home.

Posted by: ouij | September 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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