The NFL's collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2021 and major changes could be on the way. The league and the NFLPA are looking to negotiate a new labor deal and are reportedly using these consultations to potentially inquire about expanding the regular season to 18 games.
While the shift to 18 games would already be a major change, it's the following absurd suggestion that truly will infuriate fans.
One radical idea that's been pitched: an 18-game regular season... but players are only allowed to play in 16 of the games. https://t.co/9Jia0nED0B— Andrew Beaton (@andrewlbeaton) July 11, 2019
Not only are they considering an 18-game season, but one idea that's been pitched is to only allow players to participate in 16 of those games. Yes, that would require teams to start their first-string players for at least two games of the season.