By not expanding rosters, owners will pay price in long run

The NFL recently spurned a chance to expand rosters. John Clayton argues that simply by expanding training camp roster limits, the NFL could have done itself a huge favor at little cost.

Originally Published: April 10, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

At the annual owners meeting last week in Palm Beach, Fla., NFL owners made a mistake. They didn't expand offseason rosters beyond 80 players. Worse, they didn't even really consider the move.

Several proposals were presented. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted rosters expanded to a 90-player maximum. The league's management council recommended an 86-player limit. But owners said no to both ideas. Concerned about the tight profit margin created by a 2006 collective bargaining ...

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