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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

September 7, 2010 at 1:11 PM

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Seahawks Demographics: A tutorial

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Bigger and faster. That was general manager John Schneider's assessment of the result of the six roster changes that followed in the two days after Seattle's trimmed the roster to the league-mandated 53 players.

And yeah, adding a 337-pound tackle like Stacy Andrews is going to make a team bigger, but signing a 32-year-old defensive end like Raheem Brock doesn't necessarily fit with the model of going younger.

Neither does starting a 36-year-old safety like Lawyer Milloy.

But look at the numbers below, and you'll see that yes, the Seahawks on average are younger. Of the 53 players on the roster, 18 are younger than 25. Compare that to the number of players of that age previously on the roster.

And it's not just averages, either. Consider that Seattle doesn't have long-term investments with its older players. Not like it did over the past three years under president Tim Ruskell. Seattle ponied up big guaranteed money for Patrick Kerney, who was 30 at the time and coming off a season-ending injury. A year ago, the Seahawks signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh in a deal that worked out so well Seattle will pay him more than $6 million this season while he's playing in Baltimore.

New players on 53-man roster271613161419
Average age27.128.427.327.527.627.2
Players younger than 251891915116
Players older than 3010169121110

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