NFL Increases Offseason Roster Limit To 90 Players

DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 04: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4 2011 in Dallas Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The NFL announced that the offseason roster limit will increase from 80 to 90 players on Monday, and according to league spokesman Greg Aiello, the move goes into affect on Tuesday at 4 P.M (Eastern). The roster limit will remain at 90 players until weekend of the third preseason game, at which point teams must trim their rosters to 75 players. And traditionally still remaing, the regular season limit will shift into the active 53-player roster.

According to Aiello the 90-player rosters will include: active and inactive players, practice-squad players who signed offseason contracts, exempt and reserve-list players, unsigned draft choices, and free agents who have received the franchise tag from their respective team.

Currently the Bengals roster stands at 61 players with two notable contributors still recovering from season-ending injuries in cornerback Leon Hall and wide receiver Jordan Shipley; both of whom are expected to be ready for this year's training camp.

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