Bears commit to youth on D … sort of

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With six starters 30 or older, the Chicago Bears are not a young defense, yet final cuts yesterday showed GM Phil Emery is dedicated to a long-term youth movement on the defensive side of the ball.

NFL final cuts were yesterday, meaning all 32 league rosters have been finalized. As of today, the Chicago Bears are the third oldest team in the NFL, with an average age of 26.72 years old. The majority of Chicago’s “seasoned” players are on the defensive side of the ball, where six starters are 30 or older: DT Jeremiah Ratliff (33), Charles Tillman (33), Lance Briggs (33), D.J. Williams (32), Jared Allen (32) and Tim Jennings (30). In the short-term, that could be problematic in terms of injury. Of those six veterans, Jennings is the only player who has not dealt with a significant injury in the past two years, and even he played through a dislocated shoulder last year...

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