Whether NFL training camps open on time, or whether the lockout delays them, one thing is clear: Teams have had far less time to assemble their training camp rosters, as the lockout has delayed free agency and canceled minicamps and organized team activities.
In an attempt to compensate for that, NFL teams are considering expanding the size of training camp rosters from 80 players to 90 or so. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that multiple NFL general managers have voiced support for the idea.
“I don’t know anyone in my position who wouldn’t support it,” one general manager said.
Presumably, the NFLPA* would support the idea as well: Ten more players on each training camp roster means 320 more opportunities for professional football players to find jobs. Having more players in camp might also allow each individual player to take fewer reps and therefore lessen the risk of injury.
If nothing else, the fact that NFL teams are discussing the rules of the road for training camps is a good sign that NFL teams think they will have training camps.