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Josh Allen is the elder statesman of AFC East starting QBs after Cam Newton’s release

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Just like that, fourth-year quarterback Josh Allen became the oldest starting signal-caller in the AFC East. He already held the title of longest-tenured starter, but now at the ripe old age of 25, he’s the elder statesman.

Cam Newton was released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday, who named Mac Jones as their starting quarterback. Jones turns 23 in September and is the first rookie QB to start opening day for the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993.

Tua Tagovailoa is currently the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback. With multiple reports saying the Houston Texans are holding onto Deshaun Watson, Tua will be the second-oldest starting QB in the division. He turned 23 in March. (If Watson does end up in Miami, he’s about ten months older than Allen.)

The New York Jets have Zach Wilson as their starting quarterback. Wilson turned 22 earlier in August and brings up the rear as the youngest starting QB in the division.