Bears have NFL’s oldest roster

With an average roster age of 27.08, the Chicago Bears have the oldest team in the National Football League, with 16 players 30 years or older.

According to the NFL, the average age of the Chicago Bears roster is 27.08, making them the oldest team in the league.

The Bears have 16 players 30 years or older, which is also the most in the league. Of those 16 players, six are starters on defense – Jared Allen, Jeremiah Ratliff, Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Lance Briggs and D.J. Williams – and four are starters on offense – Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Roberto Garza and Jermon Bushrod.

The Bears have 12 rookies or first-year players on the roster, third most in the league and the most in the NFC, creating an interesting dynamic between the very old and the very young.

The Bears might be old but they don’t weigh much. At an average weight of 244.09-pounds, Chicago has the fifth-lightest roster in the NFL. The team is also tall, with an average height of 6.19, which is tied for second-highest in the league.

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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