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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp 2014 Countdown: The Veterans

Eight days left until Eagles training camp!

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The countdown to when the Philadelphia Eagles report for 2014 Training Camp stands at only 8 more days. While Bleeding Green Nation is already breaking down the Philadelphia Eagles roster in a position preview series, we're also going to be running a countdown series that's more geared towards unique thematic angles. We start that series by taking a look at the Eagles veterans.

Longest Tenured Eagles

It wouldn't be right to start this off without mentioning the two longest tenured players on the Eagles roster: outside linebacker Trent Cole and offensive guard Todd Herremans. Both players are 31 years old and have been with the team since 2005. The tenure the these players share is not the only common link between them. Both Cole and Herremans are key starters that return with question marks regarding their performance. Both players seemed to get off to a slow start in 2013 but finished strong. Will that carry over to 2014?

And then there's always the future to think about. Cole has a cap number of $11.6 million in 2015 and can be released for a savings of nearly $8.5 million. Cole will be 32 and first round pick Marcus Smith could potentially take over for the veteran. Herremans' cap situation is a little different. His cap figure in 2015 is lower at $5.2 million. Cutting him would only save $2.8 million.


A lot of the older players carry important roles. Herremans is one of the three Eagles starters on the offensive line that are 30 or older. Philadelphia owns the second oldest offensive line in the entire NFL (when accounting for Lane Johnson and not Allen Barbre). Cole is the team's starting outside linebacker at the PREDATOR position. Donnie Jones and Jon Dorenbos are critical on special teams. Darren Sproles figures to be a key role player. Allen Barbre and Brad Smith are key backups.

Last year(s) as an Eagle?

Older players with big salaries and little guaranteed money are always prime candidates to be salary cap casualties. We already discussed Cole and Herremans but the Eagles have a few other older players worth monitoring. Cary Williams and DeMeco Ryans seem like the most likely targets following the 2014 season. Veteran TE Brent Celek is another name to watch.

Average age

According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles had the 16th oldest roster in 2013 when it came to snap-weighted ages. The average age was 26.7. Philadelphia's offense ranked 9th oldest (27.5 years) while the defense was younger at only 22nd (26.2). The Eagles' special teams unit ranked 17th (26.1 years).

Over 30 club

The following Eagles players are 30 or older. Players listed at 29 who will be turning 30 during before or during the season have their birth month listed next to their name. I've included each player's years of NFL experience in brackets.


P Donnie Jones [11]


LS Jon Dorenbos [12]


OG Evan Mathis [10]
OT Jason Peters [11]


OLB Trent Cole [10]
OG Todd Herremans [10]
HB Darren Sproles [10]


OT Allen Barbre [7]
WR Brad Smith [9]


TE Brent Celek [8]
CB Cary Williams (December) [6]
LB DeMeco Ryans (July) [9]
TE James Casey (September) [6]
DE Brandon Bair (November) [2]

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