NFL Rosters: All 32 NFL Teams
Keep up to date with every NFL team roster here. As roster moves get made throughout the season and offseason we keep you updated with all the latest transactions. Each team roster page showcases their position, age, physical attributes, college, games played, and NFL experience. This can help you study up on incoming players that you might not know that much about. For those playing fantasy football, you will want to see how these rosters shakeout as key arrivals or departures can change the course of a season.
The key to a good roster page is that it is constantly updated. Roster moves occur throughout the year and even during the regular and postseason. At Daily Fantasy Cafe we make sure to bring you the most updated roster pages to keep you in the loop. You certainly do not want to be talking about football with your friends and not have up to date knowledge. Check into each page as they are broken out by conference and dive into each player to see some general information about their playing career.
NFL Rosters During The Offseason
There are many key dates over the offseason, and teams get right to work after their final week of the season. We have the NFL Draft that starts a few months after the Super Bowl, which brings in the fresh crop of players that are now eligible to play in the NFL. We have seen loads of talent come into the league each year, and it is much needed as we are beginning to see a lot of older names that were once elite start to head towards their exit. Teams will have more roster spots to fill more than others as some have a hefty free agent list that they will let walk, while a majority of teams will have to make some tough decisions over the next few months.
Rookies drafted within the first few rounds are nearly guaranteed a roster spot as they sign their contract. Draft picks that are taken later still have a hill to climb, and the contract is smaller and less of an investment on the team, which means if they whiff on a draft pick, they can cut him over the next few weeks. However, most players will go to the practice squad or potentially even move to another team. The draft gives teams a chance to rebuild in areas that need rebuilding. Every offseason, the roster will have new strengths and weaknesses, and of course, some teams are better than others at recognizing what those are and plugging those holes.
Throughout training camp, teams will begin to get a look at all of the players that are currently on their roster. The time now begins to start looking where they will cut players to get the active roster down to 53 players. Most of the players are going to be easier cuts to make, but there will be some teams that have very tough decisions to make. There are a few series of cuts throughout the offseason, and those dates change each offseason. However, they will be around the preseason games. Each week you will see players dwindle. At the beginning of the season, teams must have only 53 players on their active roster.
For those wondering what happens to injured players on the roster, there are a few options for teams and how to deal with that. If a player is hurt and going to be out multiple weeks, there is an injured reserve, which sends that player off the active roster and creates a space for a team to use on someone else. If it is only going to be a quick injury, but they still miss games, they will still have a roster spot. Those in-between injuries always give the team trouble because the injured reserve used to have a larger minimum to miss, but it is not three games. Any player placed on injured reserve has to miss a minimum of three games.
Building An NFL Roster
Every team is going to have a unique way of building their roster. The General Manager of each team will have this task with the help of other front office members and scouts. With the league shifting towards an offensive mindset, especially through the air, teams have jumped out ahead and looked at more of those skill position players to edge over other teams. The Chiefs have certainly been a blueprint for success with so many strong players in the quarterback position and a deep group of receivers and running backs. Having a quarterback on a rookie contract will help you leverage paying other positions until it is time to pay that quarterback. Teams that draft well and can find those players from other teams that get cut to turn them into something are always going to be competitive.
With the NFL having a salary cap, the financial wrench gets thrown in where teams need to balance out salaries across their roster. A top-heavy salary team will have gaps elsewhere, and we have seen bad contracts eventually take down a team. Paying a running is usually something that handcuffs a team to let other stars walk, even though it is a replaceable position. There is certainly a reason why some organizations stay good or can rebuild very quickly, and this because they manage their money well and pay it in key positions.
Every front office has the same set of questions about how they are going to build their team. We see teams prioritize in various ways. Some teams build their defense up on all fronts and try to win that way. Others go the offense route and just try to out-score their positions. What seems to be working for teams is giving up the run defense and having their offense and pass defense be very strong. This makes a lot of sense right now with how the league is. If you are putting up points, it won't matter how bad your run defense is. This is another blueprint laid out by the Chiefs.
NFL Free Agency
After a contract runs out and a player doesn't re-sign with their team, they go to free agency. While the NFL free agency isn't as exciting as some of the other sports, we have seen some big names go this route trying to pick up that next contract. Testing the market can be a mistake for some players, especially with an NFL player's career being on the shorter side in terms of how many views their prime years. Some teams will have large amounts to spend during free agency, as some will have tighter pockets. A lot of the moves in free agency go under the radar because offensive line pickups are not as sexy as signing a big-name wide receiver.
We rarely will get a big name quarterback on the free-agent market because teams are keen to resign them. We have seen a majority of the top quarterbacks stay with one team until potentially they are near retirement. The same goes for skill position players because they want to take the safer deal as one injury can derail an NFL career. Guaranteed money is a big reason why NFL contracts don't reach the open market as often as other leagues. When players sign contracts, whether that is their rookie deal or later on, a portion of that money will be guaranteed. The rest will be earned through playing time.
Every player starts a starting contract for their team, which gets them into the league. That can be through the draft, or you can sign with a team as an undrafted free agent. We have seen so many great players go through the league that was never drafted. A contract consists of a few things, like your overall salary, guaranteed money, length of the contract, and also some incentives. Players will look at guaranteed money as a big plus because if a major injury occurs or production drops off, and they are cut, they are still owed their money. If it happens later in the contract, they are likely out of luck after collecting it all.
Earning your second contract is a tough gig in the NFL. Teams look at 27-28-year-old players as being worth less than what the players expect. There are a few positions that struggle to get to this point, like running backs and secondary players. That is because the lifespan of their careers is shorter. You generally will not see many 27-year-old backs get a big second deal. If they do, they are lucky, and that team's front office is not on the brighter side of history. Quarterbacks, offensive and defensive lineman, linebackers, and wide receivers are in better shape to get those second deals.
- How Many Players Are On An NFL Roster?
- What Are NFL Roster Cuts?
- When Are NFL Rosters Finalized?
- How Does NFL Salary Cap Work?
- What Is The NFL Salary Cap?
- When Do Rookies Make The NFL Roster?
- What Are NFL Practice Squads?
When the season starts, the active roster must have only 53 players. Up until that point, you will see more players on the roster until roster cuts take way. Every week a team cannot carry more than 53 active players. They can also have up to ten practice squad members, but they don't qualify to be on the roster.
After the NFL Draft and over the offseason, teams will have an abundance of players that they will want to get a look at for the upcoming season. There will be dates over the portion of camp and preseason where they will need to cut their roster down and send players into being free agents.
One week before the season starts, teams must finalize their rosters and get it down to 53 players. Generally, a few weeks into the preseason, you still start to get an idea of what teams will be doing with their rosters.
A salary cap is a number given across the league where the teams can't have a roster of contracts that exceeds that for the season. This number rises or decreases each season based on the league revenue.
The NFL salary cap is currently set at $198.2 million. This number is up to $10 million from the prior season and projects to increase next season as well. A hard cap is set so teams can't exceed it and create an even salary structure for every organization.
After the NFL Draft, rookies can sign their contracts that will make them active on the roster. You can also have undrafted options sign contracts throughout the offseason. Most rookies sign over the next few weeks after the draft.
Every NFL team is allowed up to ten practice squad players. For them to play on Sundays, they need to be promoted to the active roster. These players are available for emergencies and can give some teams some extra depth in key areas.