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The Minnesota Vikings have one of the NFL’s youngest rosters

In addition to one of its most talented

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone knows that the Minnesota Vikings have one of the most talented rosters in the National Football League from top to bottom. After Saturday’s 53-man roster cutdowns were concluded, they also stood as having one of the league’s youngest teams.

According to this article, the Vikings are now the sixth-youngest team in the entire NFL, and the third-youngest in the NFC.

It’s been quite the striking turnaround for the Vikings, as far as the age of their roster is concerned. In 2016, they had the second-oldest roster in the National Football League, with an average age of 26.6 years old. Now, the average age of a member of the Vikings is 25.5 years of age.

As the article says, the difference in age between the teams might not look like a big deal at first, but if you take a look at the Vikings’ roster and the oldest roster on the list, the Oakland Raiders, the difference becomes more noticeable. The Raiders average age is 27.4 years old, nearly two full years more than Minnesota’s roster. Spread out over 53 players, that’s over a century of difference.

With the retirement of cornerback Terence Newman, who will turn 40 on Tuesday, and the release of 35-year old defensive end Brian Robison, the elder statesman of the Vikings’ roster is now safety Andrew Sendejo at age. . .31. He is joined by quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, and cornerback Marcus Sherels as the only players on the Vikings’ current roster that are age 30 or older.

With the Vikings having one of the NFL’s youngest rosters and having locked many key pieces of that roster into contracts for the foreseeable future, the Vikings “window” of competitive football appears to be a pretty large one, and it’s one that should be open for quite a few years to come.