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Offseason roster limit increased

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2012 – 8:57 pm

There was talk of the offseason roster limit being increased from 80 to 90 players, and the league has apparently made it official.

NFL PR chief Greg Aiello made the announcement via his twitter account late Monday.

Greg Aiello‏ NFL roster limit has been increased from 80 to 90 players, effective 4 pm ET tomorrow.

Per Aiello NFL clubs gave the Management Council’s Executive Committee authorization to expand the offseason roster limit to 90 players. That committee agreed on that decision and the roster cutdown format Monday.

Under the terms the 90-player limit includes active, inactive, practice squad, exempt, reserve lists, unsigned draft choices and franchise free agents.

Buffalo currently has 70 players under contract. It’s unclear what franchise free agents are exactly, so it’s hard to know if the six unsigned free agents that were with Buffalo last season still count to that roster total even though they’re unsigned and drifting in free agency limbo. Even counting them that leaves Buffalo with 14 openings. That would cover their 10 incoming draft picks (assuming they keep all 10) and space for four undrafted rookie signings. We’ll try to get a better handle on the franchise free agent designation soon.

The roster expansion goes into effect at 4 pm on Tuesday.


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