Some say that teams will reduce roster size to 45 in order to save money. That is rather poor analysis. Add 15 to that sunber only amounts to about $5M. The teams may indeed reduce overall compensation. However that will almost certainly come from the amount paid to this year's free agents, and perhaps the 1st roun d draft choices. So, IMHO, even if the there is a reduced salary cap from 2009, or if teams simply spend less, it is the free agents who will suffer. --------------------------------------- ROSTER SIZE is a different issue. There will need to be a way to bring on rookies that will likely not be effective this year due a reduced amount of offseason practices. We had an example in Price last year. OPTION ONE Have roster expemptions for rookies and keep the 53 man limit. OPTION TWO Have a roster limit of 60. This increase could be only for 2011 and there could be a different limit for 2012. OPTION THREE Have a permanent change to 56. This was suggested early in the negotiations. BOTTOM LINE ON ROSTER LIMIT The issue is how to allow teams to protect plays that will not contribute this year. let's say an agreement is signed in Mid August. It would a great hardship for most teams to have a 53 man roster limit.