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Mike Shanahan has made the Redskins older

Don’t call it a rebuilding project.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and trusty sidekick G.M. Bruce Allen built the 2010 Washington Redskins to compete now, and develop players later. That’s what happens when you have one draft pick out of the top 100 selections.

CSNWashington blogger Rich Tandler notes that Shanahan took the league’s oldest roster and made it even older. Using an admittedly unscientific roster projection by beat writer Ryan O’Halloran, Washington’s average age should roughly climb half a year more than last season’s 28-year-old average.

Out of 24 new players on the projected roster, 13 additions will be over 30 years old in Week One. The average age of projected starters climbed more than the reserves.

What does all this mean? Well, not much in the standings. Three of the four oldest teams in football last year (New Orleans, Arizona, New England) won their divisions.

But feel free to argue with anyone that says the Redskins are “building” towards the future more than any other team. The rest of the NFC East teams remain younger and posses more quality young core players.

One offseason can only change so much.