#2 – The Saints Are Getting Younger
Think about this for a second. Only 19 of the 53 players on the Saints roster have 5 or more years of NFL experience. That’s 36% for you math majors keeping score at home. Cutting veterans like Jim Leonhard, Chris Carr, Jay Richardson, and Courtney Roby were no doubt difficult decisions, especially given what they potentially could have contributed on the field. Even when the Saints entered the offseason, guys like Devery Henderson, David Thomas, and Scott Shanle were not retained. However, in a world where the salary cap is our enemy, it kind of makes sense.
I did the voodoo math, and came up with the average age for the Saints active roster. That average age is 26 (26.32 if you want to be even more specific). That being said, the youngest Saints player on the active roster is Kenny Stills, 21, and the most tenured player on the active roster is Drew Brees, 34. The Saints have 9 players that are 23. 20 of the 53 man roster are under 25, that’s 38%.
Again, I only looked at the Saints ACTIVE roster for this. Realize the Saints have 7 players on the Reserve/Injured list (Will Smith, Chris Chamberlain, Kenyon Coleman, Joe Morgan, Eric Olsen, AJ Davis, and Chris Givens), and had any of these players were slated to be in the lineup, it would have been likely that many of the players I mentioned previously might not have made the final cut. Also, let’s no forget the remote possibility of a Victor Butler return from PUP will likely run someone out, if/when that happens.