The Carolina Panthers bought themselves some experience by re-signing DE Tyler Brayton Wednesday.
Of course, the 30-year-old's biggest benefit here might be driving the minivan to practices and bringing snacks and juice boxes for the kids. Prior to his re-signing, the average age of the Panthers projected starting defensive line was 23.8. DEs Charles Johnson (23) and Everette Brown (22) would have been flanking 25-year-old DTs Louis Leonard and Tank Tyler. Only one other defensive lineman on the roster was over 26 (29-year-old journeyman Eric Moore, who was on the practice squad last year).
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The others are: DTs Ed Johnson (26), Derek Landri (26), Nick Hayden (24) and Corvey Irvin (24) and DE Hilee Taylor (23).
Figure they'll bring in some more 21 or 22-year-olds during and after the draft, and it's going to be a very young group even if they add another veteran to the mix.
In many ways, bringing Brayton back was similar to the track record of the recently released Damione Lewis, who came here on the cheap, got a second contract and provided valuable leadership to a young line — though it wasn’t nearly as young as this one.