Seahawks keep getting younger

The Seahawks are a little like the Benjamin Button of the NFL. They just keep getting younger.

Seattle is a younger team today than the one that won Super Bowl XLVIII, which already was one of the younger teams in the league.

Twelve players who were on the roster at the end of last season are gone. The average age of those 12 is 28.4.

It includes four players who are 30 or older -- defensive end Chris Clemons (32), fullback Michael Robinson (31), guard Paul McQuistan (31) and defensive end Red Bryant (30).

Nine new players have been signed as free agents or via trade. The average age of those nine players is 25.7. The oldest of those eight is tight end Travis Beckum, who is only 27.

And the team likely will continue to get younger, depending on how many rookies make the roster at the end of the preseason.

For now, the Seahawks have only three players who are over 30: backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (31), backup middle linebacker and special-teams captain Heath Farwell (32) and punter Jon Ryan (32).