The New Orleans Saints have one of the oldest rosters in the league, and that carries both significant advantages and disadvantages.
The Saints also ranked as a relatively old team in 2021, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the amount of veterans on the team’s defense in particular.
This upcoming season, the Saints apparently rank 29th in regards to average age (26.8 years), with only the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers having older rosters.
Who’s responsible for upping the average age? Some of the Saints’ best and most productive players.
NOLA Saints have one of the oldest yet most talented squads in 2022
Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis, two undeniable leaders in the defense, are both 33 years old, and the offseason additions of Tyrann Mathieu, Andy Dalton, and Daniel Sorensen also imbalance the scale.
The Saints did cut some veterans like linebacker Jon Bostic, but for the most part the team does have quite a few players over the hill.
This doesn’t exactly provide a lot of useful insight into the team’s potential for success in 2022 — all it does it highlight that the Saints are a more experienced team than others.
More important, New Orleans also boasts the talent alongside the experience to hopefully make a deep postseason run this year. Players like Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry on the offensive side of the ball may not be in their prime, but they still pose as lethal weapons who can cause serious damage.
Ultimately, age is just a number. Other NFL teams would do well to remember that.