Yes, the NFL did increase the offseason roster limit from 80 to 90 last week. However, NFL teams cant carry 10 more players during minicamps and OTAs than they did a year ago. In fact, some teams cant carry any more players or can carry fewer.No, you dont need to adjust your calculators. The difference is in how the limits are calculated.When there was an 80-man offseason roster, draft choices who had not yet signed contracts did not count against the limit. The draft picks would sign injury waivers and participate in the offseason program. So the limit was 80 plus the number of unsigned draft picks you have.With the 90-player roster the unsigned draft picks count against the limit. The Redskins drafted nine players this year. Under the old limit they would have been able to have 89 players during the offseason program, 80 plus the nine unsigned draft picks. This year they can have 90, just one more than under the old rules.The Eagles, who drafted 10 players, dont get to have any additional players at OTAs. The Browns drafted 11 so they can carry one fewer player than they could if they had the same number of draftees in years past.The difference in the roster limits will not really show itself until training camp. With the 80-man limit teams would have to release a player when a draft pick signed his contract. They wont have to do that this year since the draft choice already counts against the roster limit.So the new limit will give teams 10 extra players to evaluate--or, in the more cynical point of view, 10 more bodies to use a camp fodder--in August but only a handful of extra players during the spring.
90-man roster not much help until training camp
May 1, 2012, 1:01 pm