It's still early in the NFL offseason, but the Green Bay Packers' roster has gotten younger in a hurry. During the past month, the team has cleared out its three oldest players with the release of Charles Woodson and the retirements of Donald Driver and Jeff Saturday.
The Packers now have only two players signed for the 2013 season who are over the age of 30: defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (33) and fullback John Kuhn (30).
Green Bay had the NFL's second-youngest team in 2011 and the sixth-youngest team in 2012. If no veteran players are added to offset the loss of Driver, Woodson and Saturday, the Packers could open next season with the youngest team in the league.
It hasn't been by accident that Green Bay's roster has lacked veteran players. For years, general manager Ted Thompson has shown his preference to have a young team that is built through the draft, while letting players with more experience -- who therefore make more money -- continue their careers elsewhere.