The official numbers will change as the preseason completes and active rosters are submitted, but as things stand right now in terms of 90-man rosters around the National Football League, the K.C. Chiefs are currently sitting comfortably in the middle of the pack when it comes to calculating the average age of players under contract.
According to Andrew Walker, a team reporter for the Indianapolis Colts, he figured out the average age of each NFL roster as it currently stands,. He posted the results here
The Chiefs came out at No. 15 overall with an average age of 25.32, a full season younger than the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans—who sit in the two oldest spots on the list. However, the Chiefs are nearly a full year older than the Los Angeles Rams, who are the youngest roster on the list with 24.62 years old as an average age.
It’s interesting to note that last year’s champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are also among the oldest teams and Tom Brady’s age certainly moves that meter up a bit. However, they’re also tied with the New England Patriots, who now don’t have Brady moving that figure higher. As for the Texans, it is hard to believe the team with the least talented roster in the NFL is also the oldest but here we are.
When it comes to the Chiefs in years past, they’ve been near this same spot for the last few seasons when it comes to the active roster. Over each of the previous four seasons, from 2017 to 2020, the Chiefs ranked No. 14, No. 13, and then No. 16 in consecutive seasons, respectively. Last year, the Chiefs were, on average, 25.9 years old. Right now they are skewing younger than that, but certainly that figure is bolstered by the youth who linger on a 90-man roster. That average should climb a bit after the preseason concludes.
Still what is clear is that even as the Chiefs have several proven performers, they’re still quite young all around with game-altering talents who are all still facing several prime years ahead. It was possible to be concerned about the potential of offensive line pillars like Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz starting to get older and falling off in their production, but injuries changed that storyline and the Chiefs started all over this offseason with two likely players 25-or-under with Orlando Brown, Jr. and Lucas Niang.