Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Have NFL’s Oldest Roster


With the Detroit Lions and the rest of the NFL trimming their rosters down to 53 players yesterday it is a natural time for analysis from every direction.

MLive.com’s Kyle Meinke wrote that the construction of the Lions roster suggests a “win now” approach. It turns out that idea is quantifiable.

Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski compiled the data to compare the average age of each NFL roster. The league’s oldest? The Detroit Lions, take a look:

One might be inclined to blame 38-year old David Akers for skewing the results but that isn’t correct. As just one player on a roster of 53 players, Akers accounts for just 1/53. Take him out and the average drops to 26.94, still not enough to avoid the “oldest team in the NFL” label.

Akers certainly helps pull the Lions average to the high side but the Lions turned to a number of veterans to fill holes including Rashean Mathis, Rocky McIntosh and Israel Idonije over younger players like Chris Greenwood, Chris White and Ronnell Lewis.

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  • Herman Moore

    Note that many of the older guys are backups. Also note that the difference between the average age of the Lions and the mid-pack Rams is only one year. I’d like to see the ranking if only the average ages of the starters were considered. And, rather than removing Akers and calculating the average, substitute a 22 year old rookie and see what happens.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      Replacing Akers’ 38 with 22 changes the average to 26.85. Basically even with the Redskins, so, still old. A few outliers don’t really change the average much since they are just one of 53 players, less than 2% of the total.

  • DB Cooper

    In terms of active rosters, the 6 youngest (in order): Rams, Browns, Bills, Seahawks, Packers & Jaguars. Lions, ‘Skins, Bears are 3 oldest

  • Herman Moore

    The question is, is there a correlation between average age and winning? The list seems to suggest there isn’t.