National Football League owners pitching 18-game regular season, 16-game limit per player

NFL rumors: Owners pitch 18-game season with creative twist | Here's how it could impact playing time for notable stars

NFL rumors: Owners pitch 18-game season with creative twist | Here's how it could impact playing time for notable stars

But the conversations around an expanded schedule have approached a new level of creativity, three people familiar with the discussions said, with the possibilities including expanded rosters and mandating players only participate in a certain number of games.

According to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal, the National Football League owners proposed lengthening the National Football League season from 16 games to 18 games, and capping the number of games players will be allowed to play each season at 16. The NFL thinks this new proposal will actually help the players because they will be able to get larger contracts from the increase in revenue while not having to worry about an uptick in injuries.

In search of new revenue streams, owners have always been believed to be interested in expanding the regular season. Those circumstances would heighten the importance of the backup quarterback position, as the No. 2 signal-caller would be guaranteed playing time in at least two games.

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According to Beaton, the owners have pitched a 16-game limit for players, keeping the superstars at their regular workload rate.

Additional regular season games would generate billions in revenue, which would lead to increased salaries for players (and significantly increased profits for owners). From a Browns' perspective, that means the team will need to decide two games for Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Myles Garrett and everyone else to miss at some point in the season.

Along with an 18-game schedule comes a stipulation that players can only play in sixteen of those games. "That is crucial because players now become eligible for post-career benefits such as pensions and health insurance after three years".

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