NFL Looking At 18-Game Season With 16 Games Per Player Limit


So what do you think about the idea of an 18-game schedule?

The current CBA will expire in 2021. A good portion of that would be passed down to the players.

The idea is unorthodox, and as cool as it would be to get an additional two Miami Dolphins games each season this feels a long way off. The low number of regular season games, by comparison to other leagues like the National Basketball Association or MLB, means no team can afford to slip up too much if they want to compete for a championship. According to the report, under the proposed system, players could potentially play in a maximum of 16 games, to maintain the normal workload of an National Football League season.

The NFL's ownership group still has the desire to expand the regular-season schedule to 18 games.

If this proposal were to pass, franchise quarterbacks would be forced to miss two regular-season games. It's understandable to want to make more money, especially for those teams not competing for a playoff spot or ones who have no chance to reach the Super Bowl.

Teams would have to stagger two games off for each of their players on the roster. Although, the likeliness of that happening while DeMaurice Smith has something to say about it is low.

That will make several games much harder to win since teams will have to leave out key players. "It's not our job to put that square peg in the round hole".

But is there an ulterior motive by the league and the owners at play here? That is until there's a proposal that Smith views as a positive for the players. "That is crucial because players now become eligible for post-career benefits such as pensions and health insurance after three years".

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has threatened to do the same thing, telling the team this week he wanted a new long-term contract with guaranteed money or he would sit out the final year of his rookie contract, in which he is set to make $5.6 million. That is just one of the questionable aspects of the NFL's most recent proposal. That solution would be used to protect the health of the players.