Now there’s 90

Posted by Darren Urban on April 24, 2012 – 9:40 am

The NFL announced that teams will now be allowed to have 90 players on the roster in the offseason/preseason, following the precedent set last year. Of course, that last year was because of the lack of offseason and the need for bodies in a boom-here-it-is training camp, but teams decided it worked. You know coaches like having more players in the preseason. It makes sense.

The rules are slightly different. Now, every single player under contract, one way or another, counts against the 90. It used to be there were roster exemptions for guys on the physically-unable-to-perform list, or if a rookie was unsigned. For example, tagged defensive end Calais Campbell would not have counted against the roster if he didn’t sign his tender, but now, he will.

It does impact the preseason, because in the past, rookies would have signed, trimming down available players as they did, and now the rookies will sign and the low-end roster guys will be able to stick around regardless. There won’t be a difference in OTAs and minicamp, because in the past the rookies would participate (signing injury waivers but not having a contract) and their roster spots were used. There were always more than 80 in the summer.

— Cardinals Hall of Fame cornerback Roger Wehrli will be in New York to announce the team’s third-round pick. The NFL started having former players announce second-round picks last year — another cornerback, Aeneas Williams, announced the Cards’ pick in 2011 (running back Ryan Williams — but with the Cards without a second-round pick, Wehrli will be used a round later. (No, I don’t know what happens if the Cards end up trading into a second-round pick.)

— If anyone cares, the Cards have had everyone show up to voluntary workouts by now save for Campbell.

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20 Responses to “Now there’s 90”

  1. By jonnyb on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    was wondering is sweetness running fullspeed yet and do u think schofield will be a starter this season thanks bro

  2. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    jonnyb —

    RE: Williams/Schofield

    I don’t know if Williams is running full speed yet; there really hasn’t been a spot where he would show that off. As for Schofield, I know that’s what he wants. We’ll see what pieces they add during/after draft. Certainly, it makes sense.

  3. By Jesse Robles on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    2 days til we get some newly drafted players to the family, CANT WAIT!!

  4. By Chris Hughes on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Yes sir!!! Rieff or Floyd and I’m a Happy camper!!! Even Ingram would be a nice pick but I’m thinking if Rieff is there we take him period.

  5. By Rugbymuffin on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    “If anyone cares, the Cards have had everyone show up to voluntary workouts by now save for Campbell.”

    Of course we care. That is great news!

  6. By Dan Watts on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Darren,
    Is Dan Williams in good shape?

  7. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Dan Watts —

    RE: Williams

    He said he is maintaining playing weight right now.

  8. By Andy on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply


    I agree with you, but I would add DeCastro to that list.

  9. By Nor cal cards fan on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan Williams nickname is sweetness..??

  10. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Nor cal —

    RE: Ryan Williams

    Actually, it’s “‘Lil Sweetness”

  11. By joe67 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    It was said about Roger Wehrli that “he can run faster backwards than a lot of people can forwards”. One of the best ever.

  12. By Peter in Canada on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Darren – Your piece “Draft the only way to build” tells the whole story of how to succeed in a salary cap world. It should be mandatory reading for all football fans.

  13. By cardsalltheway on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I guess those extra players allowed P. Peterson to do his own thing on the other field last year? Something Lil Sweetness should have done been allowed to do, in hindsight. I don’t know why some players are allowed to do their own thing on the other field while others are expected to bust it. Is there that much of a difference between a 1st rounder and a 2nd rounder? Slow and easy Lil Sweetness!

  14. By Dan Watts on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Do you know, has Dan ever run Squaw Peak? Do the big guys ever do that?

  15. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Dan —

    RE: Williams

    I assume you mean Camelback? Yes, they do it as rookies, sometimes beyond that.

  16. By Dan Watts on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I guess I just feel that if he could come out this season lean and mean and playing with passion – something Alan Branch never seemed to be able to do- it would make such a difference for our defense, not to mention his own confidence.

  17. By Scott H on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Great to hear that Wehrli is still around. Wish I would have paid more attention during his time. I had just become a fan ( about 10 years old ) and didn’t realize that some of those guys ( Wehrli, Hart, Dierdorf. Dobler, Gray, Metcalf ) were some of the greatest Cardinals ever. Wish I could go back and watch some of those games then the way I do now…

  18. By johnnybluenose on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    i do understand why ryan williams wears number 34 but i really think it’s way too early to be calling him “l’il sweetness” not to mention putting unnecessary pressure on him. let’s wait until he shows us something before he is annointed. that said, i hope he does very well.

  19. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    johnnyblue —

    RE: Williams nickname

    He gave himself the nickname. No one anointed him. Payton is his favorite player.

  20. By William Barry on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan Williams Will be a great player. Go Cards.

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