Where does the Denver Broncos’ roster rank by age?

Denver Broncos, Randy Gregory - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Randy Gregory - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos have a rock-solid roster with virtually no major holes and excellent players at many positions. Where does the team’s roster rank by age?  Perhaps one advantage that doesn’t get talked about enough but surely is a huge advantage in the NFL is the age of the rosters as a whole.

NFL teams are a mixture of rebuilding, retooling, and going all in on the present.  A good example of all three would be the Detroit Lions, who are clearly rebuilding, the Indianapolis Colts, who retooled their roster a bit at a few positions, and the Buffalo Bills, who are dumping draft capital and free agency money into win-now initiatives.

The Denver Broncos appear to be a mixture of retooling and going all in on the present.  Their free agent moves indicated a win-now mentality, however, they also retooled a bit at a couple of positions.

According to phillyvoice.com, the Denver Broncos have the 22nd youngest or 10th oldest roster in the NFL.  The average age of their initial 53-man roster is 26.0 years old.  On the surface, that sounds rather young, as a typical 26-year-old NFL player is likely in or about to enter their prime.

However, the NFL would disagree.  It’s important to provide some context here, though.  The youngest team in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns, has an average age of 25.0 years old, which is pretty close to the Broncos’ average roster age.

The oldest team in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has an average age of 27.1 years old, which, again, doesn’t seem that old at all.  The equation here that teams don’t want under any circumstances is to be an old and bad roster.

The Texans have the 5th oldest roster in the NFL, and their roster isn’t that great, so they’re in a bit of a pickle.  However, the Bills, who have the sixth oldest roster in the NFL, are perhaps the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

Among the AFC East, the Broncos do have the oldest roster, and Denver’s roster is the 11th oldest in the AFC.  With that said, I’m not sure us fans would trade Denver’s roster for many other teams in the NFL, so it’s good that even though Denver’s roster is on the older side, it’s a talented one.

The team’s average age took a hit from 2021 to 2022.  They were the 13th youngest in 2021, but additions of Russell Wilson and Randy Gregory likely increased their average age.  Also, many of the players who were on the team in 2021 and returned for 2022 are a year older.