NFL Rosters Expanded From 80 Players To 90

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2012 – 6:03 am

A little less than a month ago at their annual spring meetings in Florida, NFL owners considered several rules changes brought forth by the NFL’s competition committee and ultimately decided to approve, reject or table each proposal. We went over the decision on each proposal soon after the meetings, but now there’s an unexpected update to one of the suggestions previously considered by the NFL owners.

On Monday it was announced by NFL Senior Vice President of Communications Greg Aiello that the NFL’s roster limit has officially been expanded from 80 players to 90, effective at 3:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Do the math, and that means that 320 new jobs have opened up for NFL players, albeit on a temporary basis.

NFL teams will be required to cut their rosters from 90 to 80 sometime after the third preseason game and then they’ll cut the rosters down to the final regular season number of 53 following the fourth preseason game on September 1.

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28 Responses to “NFL Rosters Expanded From 80 Players To 90”

  1. By charliewest40 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply


  2. By SEAL on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    . Round 1-WR Justin Blackmon
    . Round 2-S Harrison Smith/CB Stephon Gilmore/CB Janoris Jenkins
    . Round 3-S or CB (SS/CB Trumaine Johnson)

    Free Agency
    . OT Marcus McNeill (Instead Of Drafting Kalil)
    -If we spend a little money here we can draft play makers like Leslie said and push to make the playoffs next year, SKOL VIKINGS

  3. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Seal, you’re gambling on the chance that those people will be able to make the jump and play not only AT the NFL level, but at an ELITE level at those positions, in their first year.

    According to the odds, we’re not likely to hit on all our picks – some may play well their rookie year, some may take a few years to develop, some may bust.

    We need to get the building blocks in place that will help hold the foundation for years to come. That means Kalil. Eat your meat and potatoes first, then have some dessert.

  4. By PurplHaze on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I couldn’t have said it better, Northwoods! You’re Speaking My Language!!!


  5. By Taysa on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I agree 100% northwoods. The only pick i could possibly see instead of kalil is claiborne because DB is such a huge need. I would disagree with the decision, but feel its justifiable.

  6. By VikeNasty on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes could take OT in the second round and if ones not there move Johnson back to LT and grab a guard. Im not saying that is the best idea it is just so hard to see Claiborne right there and not grab him. It sucks that both the O-Line and D-Backs caused equal frustration and the two top collegiate players are on opposite sides of the coin.

    P.S. anybody who says picking Blackmon or Richardson over Kalil or Claiborne should be slapped.

  7. By Gary on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    SEAL = Round 1, gotta go with Kalil unless the pick is traded. Blackmon is not elite enough to warrant taking at #3 and there is too much value available later.
    Round 2, Smith is a reach at #35 and could be had later in round 2 by trading down, Gilmore will not make iot out of round 1, and the state of any team taking Jenkins better lock up it’s women

  8. By rkthielen on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I was a Kalil guy too but now I’m hoping the Vikes draft Claiborne. We can’t afford a luxury like Kalil right now. Many teams have drafted high first round tackles that have produced but not helped the team win games. It comes down to this; who would you rather have, a guy with potential to be a top 5 cornerback in the NFL or a guy with potential to be a top 5 LT in the NFL. It’s riskier but I believe we have to gamble on Claiborne. Does anybody see my logic and agree?

  9. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings agreed to a 1 year deal with Wr Jerome Simpson. He likley will miss the first 3 games because of being suspended for his pot arrest.

  10. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    S Harrison Smith is not a reach at pick 35. Mike Mayock and other draft analist have said he could go in the 1st round. Picking Claiborne and Smith would improve the pass defence greatly. I would prefer a LT but I can see why the may want Claiborne instead of Kalil.

  11. By Tyler on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    if we keep #3 Pick have to take the Tackle. This is a deep draft for Tackle. Trade down get a guy out of OL U (iowa) with quick feet and good hips. Get a second and a third round for the 3 pick. Anyone ever heard of New England. Quality is great but in a hit or miss league Quantity is needed big time.

    GO RICK!!!!

  12. By johnnyVikNation on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    WE’RE NOT GONNA REBUILD THE WHOLE TEAM, WE JUST NEED TO IMPROVE WHAT WE CAN. I think it would be the smartest choice to get kalil in the first round then pick up ethier S Harrison Smith,CB Stephon Gilmore or CB Janoris Jenkins in the second round and go with a wide reciever in the 3rd and go on from there. i think the first second and 3rd picks are the most important.

  13. By Roninmn.. on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil
    Elite pass protector
    Very reliable
    Shuts down pass rushers for four quarters
    Mirrors well with speed rushers
    Quick feet
    Good length
    Very athletic
    Good Knee bend
    Fast in his drop
    Very advanced technique
    Mobility to hit blocks on the perimeter
    Gets to blocks on the second level
    Can anchor against bull rushes
    Good pad level
    Fabulous recoverability
    Should be a technician in the NFL
    Ready to play immediately in the NFL
    Flexible to play zone-blocking or man-blocking scheme
    Good bloodlines
    Works for me. Do it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By Vikeman56 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    if we dont draft kalil that means that either jonothan martin or mike adams will be available to take in the second round. both of those guys are quality lineman that are just as good as matt kalil. DID YOU GUYS HEAR THAT WE SIGNED JEROME SIMSONS!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT GIVES US TWO QUALITY WR. unfourtunatly niether of those guys are a number 1 wide reciver(simson could get there though) that makes me want to draft blackmon badly. but we will probably draft kalil
    mock draft that will happen
    1. matt kalil
    2. janoris jenkins
    3. marvin mcnutt(why is everybody 4getting this guy?)
    4. rg/lg
    mock draft that i want to happen
    1.justin blackmon
    2. mike adams
    3. saftey
    4. marvin mcnutt wr
    4. shaun prator cb
    4. adam gettis G
    the two other fourth round picks the nfl gave us cause we lost rice and edwards

  15. By Larry King on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Why don’t they increase the regular season roster to say 55 or 58 playeres. Doing so would help more as injuries occur be more competitive through the entire season or increase the number of players that teams can keep on their pratice squads. The more competitive more teams are through the entire season the more people will watch.

  16. By TheValentine84 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    This draft is so intriguing, because no matter what we decide to do we are improving our team. I hope that we find a trading partner and trade back to still pick up a LT in the 1st while acquiring more picks in the 2nd and 3rd. But if we stay at 3, no matter if we draft Claiborne or Kalil we are upgrading those positions immensely. The most logical route would be trade back and get more talent.

  17. By Danielle on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    God bless you all! I say Clairborne at #3, and then resign Troy Willamson…he never got a fair chance!

  18. By RandellCunninghamFan on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, If Claborne is as good as scourts are projecting, then i do not see how vikes can pass on him. We need DB’s. I really think we can be oaky with drafting OT in 3rd round. We do not need a star at OT we need a coleective group of linemen that play well together. Maybe add a veteran FA/OT after draft. WE should take Claiborne 3rd pick and the safety Harrision Smith in second round. We shore up 2 of our weakest spots. We cannot win without defense. Can have a great offense but with no defense we will not win, just ask Packers and Saints. I was hopeful of drafting Blackmon but the signing of Simpson eliminates Blaclmon from consideration. No way Blackmon would be better than Simpson good but not great season last year anyway.

  19. By MikeTheViking on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Draft Claiborne please this guy reminds me of Charles Woodson he’s the real deal. Our division has 3 gun slingers and 3 top 10 receivers in the league we need someone to match up with them. We can always find a quality LT but being in the nfc north db’s are the most important position to have. Look at the Packers secondary after Nick Collins went down that shows how important that position is in the NFL today.

  20. By TheWall on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    OT Andrew Datko should be looked into late 3rd-early 4th. Being that allowed Ponder to be sacked only once his senior year Ponder would probably push for his old buddy. He wanted C/G Rodney Hudson but the Chiefs to him last year.

  21. By mrpaulkrause on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    we ranked 27 in sacks allowed. drafting kalil is a smarter choice than claiborne.

  22. By Zach on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    100% agree with northwoods. plus our second round pic alshon jeffry from south carolina could be on the board. he is a very under rated wr.

  23. By Scott on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Draft I would love to see…
    1. Matt Kalil OT 1st rated tackle
    2. Alson Jeffrey WR Had top 15 grade
    3. Sean Spence aka. Lit’ Animal
    4a. Dennard CB most physical CB in draft
    4b. Vontaze Burfict ILB gamble that may payoff
    4c. Josh Turbin RB
    5. Antonio Allen SS
    6. Best guard availible
    7a. Kellen Moore QB backup and maybe potential starter if Ponder cannot hack it!
    7b. Ryan Bullock K Longwell kicks them short and Bullock kicks them long. we lost 5+ games last year by 3 pts. or less!!

  24. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    CB Claiborne R1, R2 S Harrison Smith, R3 WR Marvin McNutt, R4 LT Andrew Datko, 1stCR4 DT Mike Martin, 2ndCR4 LB Nigel Bradham, R5 WR/PR/KR Ryan Broyles, R6 CB/PR/KR Cliff Harris, R7 OG Robert T. Griffin, R7 WR Dale Moss.

  25. By puckertrucker on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    If you are going to expand the player count from 80 to 90 players in the preseason then the owners should expand the regular season roster to 55 to 60 players for the upcoming years we could expand the teams back up players and we would make sure that they have enough healthy players for the season. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

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