Rosters expanded to 90 for offseason

Updated: April 23, 2012, 6:51 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NFL has expanded rosters for the offseason and preseason to 90 players.

Previously, the limit was 80, but the league's Management Council voted to increase it Monday. The first cutdown, in late August, will be to 75, with the final cut after the last of four preseason games bringing rosters to 53.

Only the 51 highest-paid players count toward the salary cap.

The 90 players will include all active, inactive, practice squad, exempt and reserve list players, plus unsigned draft choices and franchise-tagged free agents.


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