NFL Roster Limits Will Increase From 80 To 90 Players On Tuesday

The NFL will increase their roster limits from 80 to 90 players on Tuesday effective at 4 pm ET according to league PR man Greg Aiello on Twitter. Aiello reports that at the March league meetings clubs delegated to Management Council Executive Committee the authority to establish roster limits and cutdown procedures. The committee was chaired by New York Giants owner John Mara and the committee agreed to the roster limit and cutdown procedures earlier today.

The 90-player limit will include active, inactive, practice squad, exempt, reserve lists, unsigned draft choices and franchised free agents according to Aiello and teams will cutdown from 90 to 75 players after the third preseason weekend.

The Steelers currently have 70 players listed on their roster and are scheduled to have 10 picks in the upcoming draft. That means that they will likely add 10 or so undrafted free agents at the conclusion of the draft and those names will likely be officially announced by the team on Monday, Arpril 30. Word of free agents agreeing to terms usually trickles out early though and we should know a good amount of the undrafted free agents hours after the draft is over.

  • LOC

    wow, that many UDFA slots

    Dale Moss
    Elvis Akpla
    Heyworth Hicks
    Ishmaaly Kitchen

    to the white courtesy phone…..

  • Jprankster2005

    That’s mostly probably bad for the steelers or maybe a little good…… If they pay signing bonuses and they don’t make the team than that’s more dead money……

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  • Bleebo77

    CNNSI has their list of the top remaining unsigned FAs. I suppose the Steelers will wait until after the draft, but maybe it’s time for some shopping in the bargain bin:

  • CW

    But how useful is this if the teams then only have to cut more players without holding onto say four or five extra backups for the roster or maybe a doubled practice squad. If all they get is an extra ten camp bodies for the preseason, then it’s pointless.

    If they get to add ten players to say a developmental squad that they have exclusive rights to for the season, then adding extra guys makes sense.