Oakland Raiders fielding oldest roster in NFL

The Raiders spent the offseason loading up on a slew of veteran talent, a calculated effort to inflate their win total.

To nobody’s surprise, it’s subsequently inflated the team’s collective age.

Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, doing some calculations following Saturday’s final roster cutdowns, deduced that Oakland has the oldest roster in the NFL.

The average age for a Raiders player is 27, almost two years older than the Rams, the league’s youngest team.

1. Raiders (27)
2. Giants (26.75)
3. Bears (26.72)
4. Colts (26.66)
5. Chargers (26.64)

1. Rams (25.09)
2. Jaguars (25.2)
3. Chiefs (25.34)
4. Cowboys (25.44)
5. Vikings (25.58)

It’s not a good look for Reggie McKenzie, the Raiders’ embattled general manager who’s thrown caution to the wind (and his checkbook). McKenzie’s recent spending spree — he imported the likes of Carlos Rogers (33-years-old), Justin Tuck (31), James Jones (30) and LaMarr Woodley (30) — indicates he’s in win-now mode.

The downside to that, as Kempski found, is the Raiders are now a squad full of geriatrics — relatively speaking, anyway.

[h/t NFL.com]

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