NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith was critical of the idea of expanding the 16-game schedule, providing pointed criticism at extra workload. "For us, it comes down to who players are as men, and is it good for us", Smith told ESPN. That would mean even if the Kansas City Chiefs played 18 games, quarterback Patrick Mahomes would play in just 16 of them.
The league and owners have calculated that the two extra regular season games could add as much as $2.5 billion in additional revenue for the ever-growing NFL.More news: Lil Nas X -"Old Town Road" feat. Young Thug & Mason Ramsey (Remix)
Both sides hope a new agreement can be reached before it comes to an National Football League lockout like the one before the 2011 season or a player strike like the ones that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s.
For the same reasons that an 18-game season would make both sides more money, the players say it would also undercut several points they're focused on addressing in this round of bargaining. 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. "The union estimates that the average NFL career is 3.4 years, but an 18-game season would drop that to 2.8 years, or just below the league requirement to be eligible for a pension". 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.More news: Ex-Red Sox slugger David Ortiz recovering from 3rd surgery
"Why is it our job to figure out how to make 18 games work as players?" That solution would be used to protect the health of the players. You tell someone you're going to work longer, and you figure out how to make it work?
Marquee players in recent seasons have enjoyed a new degree of influence over salary issues, leaving franchises without many alternatives other than opening up their pocket books. Imagine teams like the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, or Los Angeles Chargers having to use a backup kicker and punter for a couple of games. "I found it disappointing that people viewed it [in] a negative way because he made the decision on the back of his work".More news: Trump's social media summit to feature conservatives but not Facebook, Twitter