Sidney Rice retiring takes seven years of NFL experience out of the Seahawks’ receivers room. Percy Harvin, who has been in the league five years (and played one game during one of those seasons), now has the most years in the league among Seahawks receivers. Ricardo Lockette, 28, is the oldest.
The Seahawks head into camp with three rookie wide receivers and three wide receivers 26 or older.
With the departure of Rice, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Michael Robinson, the Seahawks lost 31 seasons of NFL experience — for better or worse.
The ongoing departure of veterans from what was the youngest team in history to win the Super Bowl is something that caught the eye of Robinson a bit back. During a recent podcast with NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek, Robinson mentioned the “new money” that is throughout the lockerroom and wondered how that — and veterans moving on — would influence the team. That was before Rice — whom, it should be noted, missed half of last season though remained around the team — departed.
In defensive tackle Kevin Williams, the Seahawks brought in a guy entering his 12th season. He and Heath Farwell are the only players on the roster who have double-digit years in the league. Farwell is going into his 10th season. Punter Jon Ryan joins Farwell and Williams as the only players older than 30.
Here’s the age breakdown of players entering camp:
13 are 22.
15 are 23.
18 are 24.
12 are 25.
15 are 26.
3 are 27.
6 are 28.
3 are 29.
1 is 31.
2 are 32
1 is 33.
That makes 82 percent of the roster 26 or younger.
That roster build fits into the young, rabid culture Pete Carroll wants. It’s similar to last season, plus, many of those guys get to add the ultimate experience from last year of winning the Super Bowl to counter the departure of other veterans. The younger players remain the crux of the team.
Though, as Robinson points out, there are a growing number of those young players on extended and lucrative contracts. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Doug Baldwin and Michael Bennett are all on new and improved deals. Kam Chancellor had previously signed his long-term deal.
Something to watch as this group moves forward and prepares to defend their title.
> The Detroit Lions placed Golden Tate on the PUP list because of a shoulder injury from OTAs.
> John Nordstrom, and others, received their Super Bowl rings. Jen Mueller of ROOT Sports received one, as did a couple of cooks.
> Vernon Davis reported to camp in San Francisco, ending his holdout.
> Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles ended his threat of holding out after signing a two-year extension.
> Denver owner Pat Bowlen stepped down yesterday because of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, finishing his run at the head of one of the league’s top franchises. Best to him and his family.
> Speaking of youth, Football Outsiders ranks the teams with the most talent under 25. The St. Louis Rams are at the top. The Seahawks are … last.
Attention, Seattle fans. Your team just won the Super Bowl. You’re favored to repeat this year because your core players are in that 25-26 age range and hitting their primes. That includes Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin.
> Monday Morning Quarterback writes about offensive line coaching camp. Tom Cable was scheduled to be there, but could not because of the draft being pushed back and rookie minicamp starting later.