The NFL is on the verge of making massive changes to its schedule. It would include a 17-game regular season, three preseason games and a new playoff format that would send an extra team from each conference to the postseason.
It's not all that shocking that players around the league aren't happy with the idea of playing an extra game in the regular season. Richard Sherman shared his thoughts on this proposal prior to the Super Bowl, saying "I think these negotiations are going to go on a lot longer than anticipated. Because it’s odd to me, and it’s always odd, when you hear player safety is their biggest concern...but it seems like player safety has a price tag."
Player safety will definitely be brought up during negotiations. Another regular season game would add to the physical toll the players' bodies take over the course of the season.
Sherman isn't the only star player that has voiced his frustration with this proposal from the league. On Thursday morning, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette went on Twitter to say that he disagrees with a 17-game regular season.
Running backs would probably be hurt the most from playing 17 games, so it's not a surprise to see this reaction from Fournette.
The 17-game schedule for the NFL could be in effect as soon as 2021.
We'll likely hear more players' opinions on this topic in the near future.
Do you agree or disagree with the NFL's new schedule?