The Dallas Cowboys have accomplished their roster maneuvers in the meanwhile. 53 players are on the official roster and though a lot of changes are expected over the subsequent 24 hours with waiver claims, IR designations and the like on the best way, it’s interesting to notice where the roster is straight away.
Our good friend Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice (noted Cowboys enthusiast) does an annual cutdown day article taking a look at the common age of the NFL rosters. In it, he looks at not only the initial 53-man roster from 2022, however the prior 4 seasons as well. Readers can see the transition each franchise makes from one to the subsequent and it seems the Cowboys are within the young cycle once more. Their average age of 25.2 ranked third, just behind team with averages of 25.0 and 25.1 years.
Teams don’t admit it publicly, but they have an inclination to construct their rosters with three-year cycles in mind. That’s the competitive window before a knock-it-out-the-park draft class all comes due for extensions and things get more complicated in the case of cap compliance. A team higher be young when those rookie phenoms turn out to be veterans to stack on top of veterans who have already got recent deals.
There are various other ways to construct a roster, after all, but teams never wish to religiously stay atop the rankings as this 12 months’s No. 1 has, the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has been second, third, fourth, third and now first over the past five seasons. That’s a failure to groom and retain talent. The opposite end of the spectrum, constantly having an older roster is usually a mixed bag as well.
Anyway, Dallas has made their turnover. In 2018 they’d the third-youngest roster to start out, then went the free-agency (and trade) route and ballooned as much as twenty fourth in 2019. Since, they’ve returned to the sunshine, being the Twelfth-youngest in 2020, the ninth-youngest in 2021 and now they’re the third youngest yet again.
The caveat, after all, is that Dallas seemingly released 4 vested veterans who will all be brought back in the subsequent 24 hours and they’ll skyrocket the common quite a bit. QB Cooper Rush (28), ST ace C.J. Goodwin (32), long snapper Jake McQuaide (34) and kicker Brett Maher (32) have a mean age of 31.5.
Even in the event that they replace players of average Dallas age, 25.2 Dallas only falls to a tie for seventh (wrongly assuming all other teams remain with stagnant rosters).
Official, initial Cowboys 53-man roster for 2022