Many teams talk about getting younger, but no team has embraced that this offseason quite like the Chiefs.
Going into camp, the Chiefs are the only team in the league without a player over the age of 30, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
They do have six players who are right on that number, quarterback Matt Cassel, offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, wide receiver Terrance Copper, defensive lineman Amon Gordon, safety Abram Elam and punter Dustin Colquitt.
Of the group, only Cassel and Lilja are projected starters, so the Chiefs are going to be carried by the young.
The Chiefs tried to sign some old Colts this offseason, 36-year-old Peyton Manning and 33-year-old Reggie Wayne. And when Scott Pioli took over in 2009, he brought in veterans such as Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas to lend stability to his rebuild.
“I’m not saying we didn’t try to get some veterans,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “We had some guys in who made decisions to go other places. As it works out, we’ve got a younger roster, so we’ll coach those guys and try to get them better quickly.”
Pioli’s old club, New England, leads the league with 13 players older than 30. The Cardinals are next with 11, followed by the Ravens and the Bills with 10 each.
The Packers have just four, so it’s not as if age automatically makes you a contender.