The Seattle Seahawks are a veteran football team. Pete Carroll and John Schneider began rebuilding the franchise when they arrived in 2010 and many of the key players they acquired over the next three years are still here: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, plus veteran additions Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in 2013.
But don’t call this team “old.”
After keeping 14 rookies — 25% of the roster — the Seahawks significantly changed their average age for the team: 25.6 years old. That’s according to a report published by PhillyVoice.com on Saturday, in which Seattle ranked as the seventh-youngest team in the NFL. The Seahawks entered last season ranked 12th in this category at an average of 25.92, seventh in 2014, and were the fourth-youngest team in the league when they won the Super Bowl in 2013 — the team had an average age of 25.31.
The youngest team? The LA Rams, followed by the Cleveland Browns, who kept all 14 of the players they selected in the draft this year. About half of the Browns roster is in their first or second pro season. Meanwhile, the Falcons have the oldest team in the NFL, at an average age of 27.08.